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AMD to launch faster Athlon 64 X2?

AMD to launch faster Athlon 64 X2?

Word from Taiwan suggests that AMD is looking set to introduce a faster Athlon 64 X2, clocked at 3.2GHz.

Word has crept out that AMD is preparing to launch its last addition to the Athlon 64 X2 processor lineup. It'll be a new flagship part and it'll be called the Athlon 64 X2 6400+.

AMD currently doesn't have a processor that competes with the Core 2 Duo E6850 and its current flagship Athlon 64 X2 6000+ only just about keeps up with the Core 2 Duo E6750 in a wide selection of benchmarks under Windows Vista.

According to sources cited by DigiTimes, the X2 6400+ will be clocked at 3.2GHz and will feature 2x1MB of L2 cache.

The sources also claimed that the processor would be around 10 to 15 percent slower than the Core 2 Duo E6850 and has limited overclocking potential, just like the Athlon 64 X2 6000+.

In terms of pricing, DigiTimes' sources claim that the chip will cost around $220-248 USD, which is a little lower than the price of the Core 2 Duo E6850, but given the supposed performance difference, it doesn't look like it'll do enough to make it good value for money.

However, given that even socket AM3 processors will work in motherboards based on AMD's current socket, could it be a CPU to tide AMD fans over until something faster comes out? Speculate in our forums.

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Amon 23rd July 2007, 16:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article; Tim Smalley
sources also claimed that the process would be around
I think you meant to say "processor", unless it were a reference to the fabrication. Sayonara K8.


RIP
Tim S 23rd July 2007, 16:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Amon
I think you meant to say "processor", unless it were a reference to the fabrication. Sayonara K8.


RIP

:o
knuck 23rd July 2007, 16:55 Quote
Is it only me or is AMD ruining everything lately ? ATI is the best example I can find. Ever since they bought ATI ,they've been going downhill.

Releasing a new processor night wouldn't help them at all. The revenue wouldn't even equal the cost and a non permanent architecture wouldn't make them more friends with companies such as HP or Dell or whatever
MR BUNGLE 23rd July 2007, 17:03 Quote
To be fair, ATI's track record for releasing products on time was shaky way before AMD bought them out..

- x1800 series anyone?
Amon 23rd July 2007, 17:04 Quote
I'm being very generous here, but I'm making a connection between development for the Xbox360 VPU with ATi's recent shakiness. nVidia had made a similar fumble when they were contracted for the first Xbox (conveniently during the awful FX generation). I was/am a hugely dedicated ATi user--I refuse to ever plug an nVidia PCB into my machine--but my faith has been stretched very thin.
knuck 23rd July 2007, 17:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by MR BUNGLE
To be fair, ATI's track record for releasing products on time was shaky way before AMD bought them out..

- x1800 series anyone?


I know but it seems to be worse than ever, no ?
cjoyce1980 23rd July 2007, 17:06 Quote
think they need to slow down a bit and stop playing catchup and just produce the killer hardware we know they can
Sandwich 23rd July 2007, 19:29 Quote
The big trouble they have is keeping up intel's run of luck with the pricing of their CPUs. AMD is pretty smart but they seem to have trouble actually putting out products (much like IBM). When Phenom arrives, they need a new FAB with extremely high output ratios to keep costs low and catch up to intel who made a huge gain after recovering from the nightmare that was NetBurst and Prescott.
Bladestorm 23rd July 2007, 22:08 Quote
Probably just another result of manufacturing yields coming up a little and/or chips being clocked a bit higher and sold at a bit higher price point as a result, not really anything major or to get worked up about.
[USRF]Obiwan 24th July 2007, 10:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bladestorm
Probably just another result of manufacturing yields coming up a little and/or chips being clocked a bit higher and sold at a bit higher price point as a result, not really anything major or to get worked up about.

Is this not the same thing Intel is doing?
Paradigm Shifter 24th July 2007, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by MR BUNGLE
To be fair, ATI's track record for releasing products on time was shaky way before AMD bought them out..

- x1800 series anyone?

You mean like nVidia's was at one time? Swings and roundabouts, man, swings and roundabouts. ;)
Bladestorm 24th July 2007, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Is this not the same thing Intel is doing?

Not quite, intel might be doing it to some extent but they are also changing up the specifics of the chips (and adding quad core right ?) this new amd chip and the last one will be coming out of the very same manufacturing process that produces the rest, its just they are getting slightly higher quality chips out of it as the processes improve, and thus slapping a bigger name and price tag on it.

The engineering teams will all/mostly be busy beavering away on phenom/barcelona and its production.

Basically I get a little irritated when I see people shouting and screaming and proclaiming doom because AMD is releasing these as if it was AMD's idea of improvement and competition, when in reality its almost an afterthought deal - unrelated really to the direction the company is working towards. Doesn't really hurt the shareprice and sales if they close the performance gap half a percent either I'm sure.
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