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June 6, 2006 didn't fit AMD's schedule

We just got official confirmation from motherboard and chipset manufacturers in Taiwan -- AMD has moved the official launch date of Athlon 64 DDR2 up two weeks to May 23, 2006. AMD roadmaps have previously put the AM2 launch at June 6, 2006 (during Computex 2006), but since motherboards and CPUs are already completed, the launch will be pushed up. AMD insiders tell us Conroe's launch date was also a factor in pushing the AM2 launch date up, though even we do not know the exact date Intel's Conroe will launch.

AMD's latest advisories claimed the following:
  • May 16, 2006: Global announcement of Energy Efficient Processor roadmap and pricing
  • May 23, 2006: Global announcement of Socket AM2 and new desktop product availability and pricing
  • May 31, 2006: Global announcement of AMD LIVE! desktop system availability


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RE: Here is the deal
By dgingeri on 4/19/2006 11:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
AM2 is partly to prepare for the upcoming quad core chips, but not entirely. it is also to allow for the use of DDR2 memory, which should come down in price very shortly to the point where DDR2-800 is cheaper than DDR-400. Most importantly, it will be a mildly faster platform for cheaper. That is what we are looking for, isn't it? The motherboards and ships will come down in price quickly to be as cheap as socket 939, and the full systems will be cheaper and perform as well, and better in some areas, compared to the socket939. Let's face it, they are not in business to satisfy us, the enthusiasts who upgrade individual parts, they are in business to build full computers for the masses that perform better than the competition at better prices. That is the whole point. AM2 is not a change made for us, but for the masses.


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