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AMD pushing 2x512KB chips instead

Not to the surprise of DailyTech, AMD representatives are telling its CPU distributors to play down 2x1MB L2 cache Windsor processor sales in favor of the 2x512KB AM2 parts.  Several days ago, DailyTech 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 DailyTech, either claiming either a lack of information about the 2x1MB AM2 parts or claiming AMD employees were told to disregard 2x1MB cache desktop parts for the time being.

While distributors could not tell DailyTech 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.

Update 06/14/2006: Scott Wasson from The Tech Report seems to have also confirmed that the 2x1MB chips are toast.

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not totally correct
By Myrandex on 6/14/2006 12:51:51 PM , Rating: 2
FX CPUs were getting price cuts and they have 2*1MB cache. I'm happy with my DC Opty w/ its 2*1MB cache as I see the difference in speed in my imagination all the time ;)

RE: not totally correct
By AndreasM on 6/14/2006 3:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
FX CPUs were getting price cuts and they have 2*1MB cache. I'm happy with my DC Opty w/ its 2*1MB cache as I see the difference in speed in my imagination all the time ;)

Actually, the FX CPUs are not getting their prices cut.

RE: not totally correct
By ryandmiller1 on 6/17/2006 4:50:03 AM , Rating: 2
actually, i just bought a fx-60, and the price droped from 1039 to 850, so unless you ar talking about am2.....

RE: not totally correct
By coldpower27 on 6/20/2006 9:38:37 PM , Rating: 3
No the FX's don't get cut in price until a New FX is released to take thier place.

So FX 62 for 1031US and FX 60 for 827US is what they will remain as.

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