AMD disbands entry level processors

Written by Tim Smalley

October 27, 2005 // 4:49 p.m.

Tags: #32-bit #64-bit #amd #athlon-64 #cpu #pricing #processor #roadmap #sempron #socket-a

Bit-Tech reader Peter Mankarious informs us of some changes to AMD's CPU range that have come into effect today.

Earlier this week, we uncovered the Athlon 64 FX-60 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processors, which are scheduled to arrive some time in the first part of 2006 according to a leaked pricing document.

The current price list on AMD's homepage shows that the Athlon 64 3000+ is the first CPU to get the chop. It also looks like all 32-bit Sempron processors have disappeared, and Socket A is also no more.

We expected the latter to happen sooner than it has, but we were expecting the 32-bit Sempron processors to disband at the end of the year. It seems that AMD have decided to cut them off before then.

The most interesting disbandment is the Athlon 64 3000+ - many enthusiasts bought that processor, simply because it was so damn cheap and overclocked as well as the 3200+ and 3500+ models if you had the memory to handle the higher front side buses. Now they'll have to revert to the 2.0GHz 3200+ model if they're after a cheap and very cheerful processor. In fact, the slowest CPUs that AMD ship from today are Athlon 64 3200+ and Sempron 2600+ - both have 64-bit extensions.

Are times changing, or are they making way for more new processors? Drop us a line in the forums.
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