The Athlon 64 FX-60 gets reincarnated as the X2 5200+

AMD has quietly released a new Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor for AM2 platforms. DailyTech previously reported AMD was expected to launch new Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processors. The Athlon 64 X2 5200+ is essentially identical to the previous socket 939 Athlon 64 FX-60, with the exception of socket and memory support. Clock frequency of the Athlon 64 X2 5200+ is also identical to the previous X2 5000+ at 2.6 GHz. The only difference with the X2 5200+ is the 2x1MB L2 cache configuration which delivers slightly better performance in cache intensive applications. The power envelope has increased due to the added L2 cache. While the X2 5000+ has a 65 watt TDP, the X2 5200+ TDP has increased to 89 watts.

DailyTech asked AMD representatives why the Athlon 64 X2 5200+ was launched quietly without any press releases or reviews. AMD PR person Damon Muzny stated the X2 5200+ would offer similar performance to the older Athlon 64 FX-60 and world wide reviews weren’t necessary as an Athlon 64 FX-62 clocked with the multiplier dropped would demonstrate identical performance.

AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 5200+ is available immediately. PIB pricing is $403 each for 1000 units.

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