AMD Phenom 9900 ReviewFormer staff writer - December 23, 2007
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By now everyone must be wondering if OCC really did attend the launch of the Phenom/Spider/3800. Yes we did. What are our thoughts about a private launch? Personally we appreciated it; it was a chance to get to see the CPU, components and video card first hand and not have to surf the internet and read press releases to get a feel for the new products. I feel that experiencing something first hand gives OCC a leg up on what to expect or not to expect when we are running our series of benchmarks. You may be wondering why we didn't write a review immediately after attending the launch. Well all things aside, of course all the systems set up at the launch had been optimized to run well and make the CPU excel in its performance, as per what AMD might feel works best with its system. So what good would it have been to write a review that used benchmarks that AMD chose, even though they did choose to use one of our benchmarks which was our Winrar files.
What we do at OCC is review a product in our environment using our suite of benchmarks that we have tested, so there is familiarity for our readers and other reviews to compare. As a matter of fact, AMD even encouraged us to wait until we received the Phenom to conduct our review. In no way do we feel that AMD invited us to the launch to persuade us into writing a good review.
Below are some pictures of the PowerPoint presentation we were shown at the launch. They are self explanatory.
Here are some of the vendors that attended the show.
Well who said you can't mix business with pleasure?
Even ccokeman got into the action.
Well maybe too much pleasure is not so good. I think?