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Pricing and availability for AMD's desktop AM2 offerings

We have received some rather interesting info on AMD's new range of Socket AM2 processors. According to internal AMD documents, system builders will be able to purchase the new AM2 processor starting on May 15th. Dual core and single core Athlon 64 processors will be available as well as 64-bit Sempron processors.

According to our previously published roadmaps, AMD's Athlon 64 FX-62 will be the company's top desktop offering for the remainder of the year. It is not until Q1 of 2007 that we will see the FX-64 hit the market.  All other AM2 processors are officially under embargo until June 6, 2006.

AMD Desktop Processor Price List
Processor Socket SSBP
Athlon 64 FX-62 AM2 $1,236
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ AM2 $696
Athlon 64 X2 4800+ AM2 $645
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ AM2 $558
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ AM2 $469
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ AM2 $365
Athlon 64 X2 4000+ AM2 $328
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2 $303
Athlon 64 3800+ AM2 $290
Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 $208
Sempron 3600+ AM2 $123
Sempron 3500+ AM2 $109
Sempron 3400+ AM2 $97
Sempron 3000+ AM2 $77
Sempron 2800+ AM2 $67

The SSBP above denotes the Suggested System Builder Price. Actual manufacturer purchase prices are approximately 10% less.  And of course, you can be sure those new CPUs will come with heatpipe coolers and new packaging.  AMD insiders have confirmed to us that AM2 motherboards will be shipping for several weeks before the launch to assure widespread availability at launch.

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By natewildes on 4/3/2006 6:09:26 PM , Rating: 2
Great to see the pricing of AM2 not much higher than s939, but where are the desktop Opterons we all know and love?? Hopefull they'll be along soon....

By KristopherKubicki on 4/3/2006 6:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
So far as I know, there will not be Socket AM2 Opterons. There might be the equvialent of 1xx Opterons for Socket F.

By peternelson on 4/3/2006 7:58:53 PM , Rating: 2

EARLY information said that for Opterons....

2xx and 8xx equivalents would be available on SOCKET F.
1xx Opteron equivalents would be available on SOCKET AM2.

Was there a major change in plans?

Don't you mean to say that 1xx opteron on AM2 will arrive a little after Athlon64 on AM2?

By KristopherKubicki on 4/3/2006 8:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the roadmaps don't have 1xx Opterons on AM2 right now, but that doesn't mean they won't be. Its one of the hottest AMD products right now so I doubt they will be removing it... it just isn't on any of the roadmaps I have.

By latrosicarius on 4/4/2006 12:50:42 AM , Rating: 3
Who would buy a $200-dollar, brand spanking new AM2 motherboard, and over $100-dollars for shiney new DDR2 RAM and then get a frickin $67-dollar Sempron??? That is just hysterical lol.

By Googer on 4/4/2006 2:30:12 AM , Rating: 2
Who would buy a $200-dollar, brand spanking new AM2 motherboard, and over $100-dollars for shiney new DDR2 RAM and then get a frickin $67-dollar Sempron??? That is just hysterical lol.

For many reasons.

One, most of the newest and fastest processors will be supported by socket M2 and proably not 939.

Two, Most socket 939 motherboards do not support more than 4GB of RAM (ABIT is the exception @ 8GB). Because if you eventually want more than 4GB on a 64BIT OS it will more than likely be DDR2 that provides the quantity of RAM needed to take advantage of 64BIT and there are several reasons for this:

1) As mentioned 98% of socket 939 motherboards will not address more than 4GB. Socket 940 is a differant story, so those of you with early AMD FX's in SKT940 are still in luck if you want 16GB.

2 Many experts agree that DDR1 will eventually start to rise in price and become more expensive. Histroy has proven this to be fairly correct. The price per MB of PC 133 used to be cheaper when DDR was introduced, but in recent times SDR now costs twice as much per MB when comparied to modern DDR. $75 will get you 1GB of DDR or about 512MB or SDR PC100/133.

3) Memory Density will grow much faster and higher with DDR2, while DDR1's increasing desisty (over time) will some day soon come to a halt.

(My Opinion)
I do not expect to see any or if any very few modules of DDR1 over 48 Gigabytes in size*. The server market's appitite for Regesterd-ECC may prove me partialy wrong on module size but only time may tell.

*Yes, they do make 4GB modules but they may not get much bigger than that. 8GB DIMM's I doubt it, but Who knows.

By Googer on 4/4/2006 2:31:20 AM , Rating: 2
Correction to my post above:

I do not expect to see any or if any very few modules of DDR1 over 4 to 8 Gigabytes in size*

By josmala on 4/10/2006 11:05:37 AM , Rating: 2
More likely choice for AM2 semprons, is...
MB with integrated GFX 80$ +Some elcheapo DDR2 + sempron+
rest of the system.
Almost no-one is expected to UPGRADE socket AM2. More likely event is people are building new systems with socket AM2. The DDR2 ram is cheaper than DDR if you don't go for higher speed grades. Also the new socket over doubles the bandwith available to integrated memory controller. And you can use existing chipsets with new socket, so the MB costs won't be huge.

By Merglet on 5/3/2006 3:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
First, I wouldn't buy a $200 motherboard, I don't need it, I can get the best out of lower priced stuff... $130, easy.

Second, I want to upgrade, but have what we who live in the "real world" call a "budget". My mommy and daddy don't buy me my stuff, and the love of my life isn't going to be so friendly if I just say "screw us doing anything for a month".
So, the choice is, save and wait, or use one paycheque to buy a new motherboard, new memory, new low end graphics card (since I'm still running agp) and the cheapest proc they have for am2. Then I save up to upgrade the cpu and graphics. That would be two more paycheques.

Maybe when you get into life where stuff like living costs money, you'll realise that not everyone can just blow off $2000 every week.

By Visual on 4/4/2006 3:25:59 AM , Rating: 2
Why on earth would you want an opteron for the desktop now?
the main reason 939 opterons were a hit on desktops was because there just weren't athlonxp equivalents for them - specifically, low multi (i.e. cheap prices) with high l2.
on the AM2 there will be the cheap x2 4000+ to replace the need for 165/170 opterons, im not sure about the l2 sizes on singlecores though. but anyway the future is dualcore.

truth be told, i always felt bad that AMD had those cheap-but-good opterons and refused to have an equivalent athlon, now things are getting better.

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