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Low wattage desktop processors for AM2

As no surprise to anyone, AMD just announced its Energy Efficient line of processors.  We previously reported on the processor TDPs and release dates.  By utilizing aggressive power state timings settings and processors binned for lower voltages, AMD has managed to take a select few processor cores and modify them to use less energy during typical operation.  Even though the processors are rated with 35 watt to 65 watt thermal envelopes, AMD's press release claims "When running typical workloads, as reflected in the SYSmark 2004 SE benchmark, end users could experience their energy efficient dual-core processor consuming 14 watts."

However, don't expect the EE savings to come for free.  The energy efficient processors carry a $10 to $30 premium on non-EE versions, though AMD has not officially revealed that pricing yet either.  DailyTech published a complete list of AM2 launch prices for non-EE processors several weeks ago.

AMD Desktop EE Processor Roadmap 2006
Processor
Socket
Core
TDP
Price
Athlon 64 X2 4800+
AM2
Dual
65W
$651
Athlon 64 X2 4600+
AM2
Dual
65W
$601
Athlon 64 X2 4400+
AM2
Dual
 65W
$514
Athlon 64 X2 4200+
AM2
Dual
65W
$417
Athlon 64 X2 4000+
AM2
Dual
65W
$353
Athlon 64 X2 3800+
AM2
Dual
65W
$323
Athlon 64 X2 3800+
AM2
Dual
35W
$364
Athlon 64 3500+
AM2
Single
35W
$231
Sempron 3400+
AM2
Single
35W
$145
Sempron 3200+
AM2
Single
35W
$119
Sempron 3000+
AM2
Single
35W
$101

AMD roadmaps have revealed that the processors will go on sale May 23, 2006, though AMD's official stance is that the processors will simply ship sometime this month.  AMD is also expected to announce the non-EE versions of these processors on May 23, 2006.




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