AMD to launch faster Athlon 64 X2?

Written by Tim Smalley

July 23, 2007 // 4:39 p.m.

Tags: #2 #64 #6400 #amd #athlon #core #duo #e6750 #e6850 #launch #performance #phenom #pricing #rumour #x2

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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