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AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ engineering sample.  (Source: HKEPC, John Lam)
Wait for it, wait for it ... one more AMD "Windsor" on the way

The introduction of the 89W AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ was to be the last 90nm dual-core desktop processor in AMD's arsenel.  However a newest Windsor processor, not on AMD's roadmap, is starting to make the rounds. 

The 89W AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ started making the rounds in South East Asia this week.  The chip, expected to launch this September, will ship before AMD launches the 65nm native quad-core Phenom processors based on the Agena core.

HKEPC and sources close to AMD claim the chip runs at 3.2 GHz and will sell for approximately $240 in quantities of 1,000.  Like other Windsor offerings, the X2 6400+ is a dual-core 90nm processor. 

Existing motherboards are compatible with the X2 6400+; however all but the newest motherboard will need a BIOS upgrade to recognize the 16x front-side bus multiplier.

AMD's most recent roadmap claims the quad-core Agena is expected to launch in a "November / December" timeframe. 




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