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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 Gigahertz19 on 4/3/2006 6:11:58 PM , Rating: 2
Perfect timing, 1 week after I get out of college for the summer I'll be able to build a much needed new computer. Can't wait till May 15th!

Athlon 64 X2 4400+ is what I think I'll get, I think that's the lowest speed X2 that still has the larger L2 Cache. I'll just have to overclock it to 5000+ levels.

Conroe benchies look really nice though, not sure if I should wait to build a new one then...that's out Q3 (July-September) time frame I think?...of course then I'll want to wait for something else new coming out and play the waiting game over and over.

RE: Nice
By hotdog453 on 4/3/2006 7:01:12 PM , Rating: 2
Wait to see what Conroe brings to the table, if only for the simple reason the prices on the AMD stuff may fall if it starts getting stomped on.

RE: Nice
By bob661 on 4/4/2006 11:32:20 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think the prices are bad so I won't waiting. Besides, I don't think Conroe will be any cheaper.

RE: Nice
By Kougar on 4/4/2006 10:13:11 PM , Rating: 2
Ya think so?

Also, $209 for Pentium D 940? I wonder what the 930 and 920 will be going for... Preslar at 4.6ghz is a fairly even match for a 2.9ghz OCed FX-60. Even if Conroe will blow the Preslar out of the water, how about that kind of performance for about $150?

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