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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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Dual core prices
By phatboye on 4/3/2006 7:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
I was hoping with the introduction of this new socket amd's dual core cpus would dramatically come down in price.

I guess i'll wait till conroe comes out to see if that drives prices down.

RE: Dual core prices
By TomZ on 4/3/2006 8:09:21 PM , Rating: 2
AMD seems to have taken a page from Intel's pricing strategy. FX-62 at $1300? WTF!?! Intel's EE processors got a lot of criticism about its price at "only" $1000.

Here's to hoping for a price war in late 2006!

RE: Dual core prices
By MDme on 4/3/2006 8:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I guess we'll all find out if these prices hold true if the Conroe truly performs up to the previews.

On the other hand, maybe AMD has some tricks up it's sleeves if it is indeed pricing these CPUs confidently.

only time will tell. :)

RE: Dual core prices
By nrb on 4/4/2006 6:22:54 AM , Rating: 2
On the other hand, maybe AMD has some tricks up it's sleeves if it is indeed pricing these CPUs confidently.
AMD will set the prices very high for the first few months to squeeze as much money as they can out of people who simply must have the fastest and best right now , regardless of the cost. They can be confident that these chips will beat anything Intel has to offer before Conroe is released. But when Conroe hits, the prices will fall through the floor. The fact that the prices are high now is not an indication of long-term confidence - quite the reverse, it's because they know their profit margins are going to be in real trouble a few months down the line, and they need to scrabble for every penny while they still can.

(fervently crosses fingers that K8L will be serious competition for quad-core Intel chips)

RE: Dual core prices
By tedrodai on 4/4/2006 11:53:06 AM , Rating: 2
That's what I'm hoping to see, but even though I've been wanting to build an AMD computer for a year now (finally have a budget for it), I can GUARANTEE I'll be buying an Intel if they're price/performance is better. The Conroe benchmarks were compared to a currently released AMD product, yes, but considering even the FX-53 hasn't reached the <$600 point yet, AMD will really have to work some magic to keep me as a potential customer.

RE: Dual core prices
By tedrodai on 4/4/2006 11:54:33 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Dual core prices
By Jep4444 on 4/4/2006 2:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
you know that the difference between an Fx-53 and a 4000+ is an upwardly locked multiplier right? the Fx-53 has been discontinued with the 4000+ selling in its place for $334 on newegg

RE: Dual core prices
By redbone75 on 4/3/2006 9:03:43 PM , Rating: 3
AMD seems to have taken a page from Intel's pricing strategy. FX-62 at $1300? WTF!?! Intel's EE processors got a lot of criticism about its price at "only" $1000.

Exactly where have you seen a cheap FX series processor? Last I checked the cheapest FX processors are still around $800. The FX series is the price equivalent of the EE series.

RE: Dual core prices
By TomZ on 4/3/2006 9:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
I miss the days when AMD had "friendly" pricing. Now they've joined Intel in "what the market will bear" pricing.

RE: Dual core prices
By bob661 on 4/4/2006 11:36:26 AM , Rating: 2
Why does everyone think that Conroe is going to be cheaper? If it truly turns out to be a good product, why would Intel sell it for cheap? Intel's never done that in the past when they had a good product. Why would they start now? BTW, EE CPU's are STILL over $1000.

RE: Dual core prices
By coldpower27 on 4/4/2006 8:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
They are going for agressive pricing to gain back desktop marketshare, once that is completely they can start charging more for their processors again. For the moment the plan is to regain marketshare and lots of it quickly. Agressive pricing is great way to start.

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