Update: AMD To Ditch Initial AM2 2x1MB Cache Desktop CPUs
June 14, 2006 1:37 AM
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AMD pushing 2x512KB chips instead
Not to the surprise of
, AMD representatives are telling its CPU distributors to play down 2x1MB L2 cache
processor sales in favor of the 2x512KB AM2 parts. Several days ago,
published the entire AMD
July 24th pricing guide
complete with price cuts across the board. The price list was surprisingly devoid of AMD 2x1MB cache CPUs, and today we know the reason why.
Several US distributors all confirmed the same story with
, either claiming either a lack of information about the 2x1MB
parts or claiming AMD employees were told to disregard 2x1MB cache desktop parts for the time being.
While distributors could not tell
exactly the reason for the reduction, the cost of running two separate cores and logistics for those cores is obviously eating at the bottom line for AMD. The additional cache per chip means fewer chips per wafers and the additional SKUs means that more marketing dollars must be spent -- and when battling it out with Intel on the pricing front, every dollar counts.
Furthermore, AMD can dedicate all of its fab resources to work on a unified design rather than splitting development between two separate cache revisions. AMD's Turion X2 lineup does not contain any 2x1MB L2 cache components.
Scott Wasson from
The Tech Report
seems to have also confirmed that the 2x1MB chips are toast.
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6/14/2006 12:50:09 PM
cache is important to AMD also... its the only thing that distinguishes an x2-4800+ from an x2-4600+. but using either higher clock speed OR increased cache is causing too much confusion. not too mention the strategy sometimes backfires when the x2 5000+ can't beat the x2 4800+ in some benchmarks.
6/14/2006 1:25:20 PM
Actually, cache isn't really important, you said it yourself:
"its the only thing that distinguishes an x2-4800+ from an x2-4600+"
As in, they are not distinguished by performance(in 90% of the programs out there, games included). So why release the second one at all?
6/14/2006 2:30:14 PM
i'm not saying cache is (or isn't) important. i'm simply saying that AMD uses it as a differentiating factor. thus, it is important to them (from both a performance and marketing standpoint).
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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