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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 JaredExtreme on 4/3/2006 7:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
Given that the benchmarks show very little, if any, improvement over socket 939, are there any reasons why someone should choose AM2 over 939 after you factor in the added cost of DDR2?

By Le Québécois on 4/3/2006 7:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
Added cost of DDR2? The price on DDR2 is droping every day now and the DDR price seems to go up lately...slowly, but still.

RE: Do we have a reason to choose AM2 over 939 yet?
By TomZ on 4/3/2006 8:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
Three reasons to choose AM2:

1. Because DDR2 is/will be cheaper than DDR, due to economy of scale since Intel systems already use DDR2

2. New, higher performance AMD processors will use AM2 and not 939

3. Because 939 socket processors will go the way of the dinosaur

By Nehemoth on 4/3/2006 8:54:45 PM , Rating: 2
Also Pacifica and Virtualization..

Also too me there are something that AMD have under the sleve for us..

By randomlinh on 4/3/2006 9:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
but AM2 will be first gen... I've made that mistake twice (first generation k6, first generation nf2). Not that it was terrible... not that I'm buying anytime soon anyway

By Nehemoth on 4/4/2006 7:28:42 AM , Rating: 2
Also those were other times nor AMD nor Nvidia are the same company of times before.

I remember those time when you have to wait for a second revision of a chipset (insert you via favorite chipset here)for to take the approach promise for the first generation.

I'm impatient waiting for rhis platform, i really wanna see what will have for us.

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