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AMD releases Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition

AMD releases Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition

The Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition is a surprise addition to the dying Athlon 64 brand. RIP?

Yesterday evening, AMD unveiled a surprise addition to the Athlon 64 processor lineup, the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition.

I’m sure most of you are sitting waiting around for Phenom and wondering why AMD is bothering to release more K8 processors?

At face value, it is a dual-core processor based on a 65nm process running at 2.6GHz and features two 512KB L2 caches. The thing that sets this apart from other Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processors is the fact that it has an unlocked multiplier and still comes with a respectable price tag.

The unlocked multiplier will allow enthusiasts to overclock the processor without having to stress their motherboard’s HyperTransport bus.

There is no UK pricing or availability date at the time of publication, but an AMD representative has confirmed to bit-tech that the processor will be coming to the UK, even despite AMD's Black Edition homepage suggesting otherwise.

According to AMD’s price list, the chip will be sold in 1,000 unit quantities at US$136 per CPU – an $11 premium over the standard X2 5000+. Taking UK pricing for the standard Athlon 64 X2 5000+ into account, we can expect the Black Edition to come in at around £85-90 (inc. VAT).

Obviously Phenom isn’t far away and I’m sure that is what most enthusiasts, including ourselves, are waiting for, but this is a nice treat for anyone looking to spice up an AM2 system before Phenom does arrive.

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[USRF]Obiwan 27th September 2007, 20:41 Quote
Why not release a S939 5000+ 2x ? It saves me in buying half a system upgrade (mobo+mem+proc)
Bladestorm 27th September 2007, 20:50 Quote
I'd be quite tempted by a high end 939 myself, but somehow can't see it happening, so I'l simply not be buying a new processor for another year or two :)
Tim S 27th September 2007, 20:58 Quote
yep, I agree with what you guys are saying... you can't help but feel the move to AM2 really did upset quite a few of the AMD faithful. I don't think we'll see a 939 Black Edition processor though, as S939 chips are no longer in production (afaik). :(
proxess 27th September 2007, 21:15 Quote
The name is obviously racist...
Gravemind123 27th September 2007, 22:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
The name is obviously racist...

Against white people! Why should black edition chips get better features?!?!?!
</sarcasm>
Redbeaver 27th September 2007, 23:31 Quote
ROFL....

*ehm

yeah, agree. s939 here too. ill buy it without thinking for ~$100, i can get a little better overclock (perhaps) to spice up before Phenom......

i dont think AMD gets it that people that has AM2 socket already has DDR2 and not rushing to upgrade since theyr going to upgrade the mobo n CPU only... but folks using 939 with DDR1 has more urge to upgrade something to keep them holding on until Phenom pops out, considering they'r 2 generation behind, compared to AM2's 1gen. u get my logic here? pfft........
wbdog206 28th September 2007, 03:14 Quote
i got stuck with a s939 also. :(
chrisb2e9 28th September 2007, 05:48 Quote
sounds like they are trying to make some money to get the next gen out sooner.
Ab$olut 28th September 2007, 07:17 Quote
nice this + a dfi board sounds like fun :D
completemadness 28th September 2007, 21:41 Quote
Ive got a 939 board too, though i wouldnt be tempted to get this proc, AM2 doesnt offer any great advantages in my eyes
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