AMD's Athlon 64 FX-60 processor is the latest in its performance offerings

AMD has launched the highest performance processor in its lineup to date: the Athlon 64 FX-60. Under the hood, the FX-60 is a dual-core Athlon 64 running at 2.6GHz, which is technically 200MHz slower than the older FX-57 processor. However, with an extra core as well as double the amount of cache, the FX-60 is expected to put on quite a significant performance jump over the FX-57.

Just for comparison, Intel's top of the line Pentium 955 EE processor has twice the L2 cache of the FX-60 and runs at 3.4GHz. AMD is counting on features such as the FX-60's integrated memory controller and its 128-bit datapath running at full CPU core frequency to help take the performance lead. Intel's Pentium 955 EE for instance, is limited to the core-logic on the motherboard and tops out with a 64-bit datapath running at 800MHz.

Initially, AMD will be pricing the FX-60 at $1031 in batches of 1000 units.

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