The X2 6000+ is already for sale, despite its launch not being scheduled until 20th February.
Weeks ahead of its official launch, AMD's last high-end Athlon 64 X2 processor has shown up on Newegg in the US.
The chip, which is clocked at 3.0GHz, is based on the 90nm Windsor die and comes with 1MB of L2 cache for each core. Newegg already has OEM versions of the chip in stock for $599 USD
, despite DailyTech suggesting that the official launch is not until the 20th February
In addition, the X2 6000+ has a 125W TDP - almost double that of its competitors, the Core 2 Duo E6600 and E6700 chips.
Judging from the performance of AMD's Athlon 64 FX-62, which is clocked at 2.8GHz, the X2 6000+ should slot in somewhere between the E6600 and E6700, but it doesn't slot in between when it comes to price.
With it being a standard Athlon 64 X2, there will be no upwards multiplier adjustments and it's actually cheaper than the FX-62, despite being clocked higher.
By now, I think it's safe to say that most AMD fans are waiting for the company's next generation K8L processors. This release certainly has an air of damage limitation about it. Share your thoughts on the release in the forums