DailyTech has managed to get a hold of an AMD
engineering chip labeled "Athlon 64 X2 3600+ for AM2."
According to CPU-Z, the processor is a 2.0GHz CPU, the same as the Athlon 64 Windsor
3800+. However, half of the L2 cache has been disabled effectively
making this AMD's first dual-core processor with a total of 512KB of L2 cache.
AMD recently discontinued all of its 2x1MB L2 cache processors less than two weeks
after the processors were announced. This may be an indicator that
low-bin Athlon 64 X2 processors will instead transition to 2x256KB cache
configurations, instead of the 2x512KB parts that were previously the
low-bin. However, since the CPU is only an engineering sample, it’s not
easy to determine if AMD will even publically announce the CPU, or if it will
simply become an OEM-only component for high quantity system builders like the
original Socket 939 Semprons.
CPU-Z shows the Athlon 64 X2 3600+ to still sport the Windsor CPU core, the
same CPU core that was used for the 2x1MB and is still used for the 2x512KB AM2
HKEPC has also come across the 3600+, claiming
it will ship in Q4'06 for a price of $139 to $159. Given that AMD is
expected to announce major CPU price cuts near the end of July, the $139 price tag fits in
with the rest of AMD's pricing. Intel's lowest-bin Conroe,
the 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor, is expected to ship
with a price of around $183. In contrast, the 3.0GHz Presler NetBurst
processor is expected to hover around $133 at the same time HKEPC claims
the X2 3600+ may ship.