AMD Q4'06 Dual-Core Roadmap
Anh Tuan Huynh
October 3, 2006 8:23 AM
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AMD September 2006 Roadmap. 65nm processors with a * are slated to sample in December 2006
AMD leaks its 4x4 plans
AMD has leaked its newest roadmaps to press, and
has received a new refresh outlining AMD’s upcoming dual-core plans. The major changes between the two roadmaps seem to be the addition of Socket-F FX processors, new 90nm processors and a shift in some of the 65nm processor bins.
previous June roadmap
, projections were estimated all the way out to Q3'07, but this refresh only contains outlook for the next two quarters. AMD’s Athlon 64 FX lineup will return to sharing a socket with AMD’s server and workstation Opteron lineup. Instead of using socket AM2 processors for
AMD’s 4x4 platform
there will be a switch to the land-grid-array Socket-F which may be disappointing to enthusiasts and gamers. AMD is specifically calling these new processors FX 2-P.
Three new 4x4 processors will arrive with the upcoming November launch of AMD’s enthusiast 4x4 platform. New Athlon Socket-F 64 FX processors include the FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70. These processors will be clocked at 3.0 GHz, 2.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz respectively. All three processors will have a 2x1MB L2 cache configuration and be based on AMD’s
core with a 2000 MHz Hyper Transport frequency. AMD rates the three processors with a 125 watt TDP. Features such as AMD64, NX Bit and Virtualization technologies are supported.
AMD’s mainstream dual-core lineup will receive a couple new updates as well. Also arriving in November will be new Athlon 64 X2 6000+, 5600+, and 5400+. This will be AMD’s first new Athlon 64 X2 processor launch since the launch of the socket AM2 platform—
Athlon 64 X2 5200+ excluded
. These processors will have 3.0 GHz and 2.8 GHz clock speeds respectively.
Athlon 64 X2 models 6000+ and 5600+ will have a 2x1MB L2 cache configuration while the lower X2 5400+ will have a 2x512KB configuration. AMD rates the TDP for the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ as 125 watts while the lower 5600+ and 5400+ receive 89 watt ratings. Availability is expected in November with no mention of Energy Efficient models.
AMD's 65nm processors received a small reorder; the 4600+ is gone, but AMD has added a new 5000+ chip instead. The 65nm chips are expected to sample in December 2006, with official shipments still slated for Q1'07.
Gone from AMD's roadmap are the FX-64 and FX-66 processors. Although
had very few details on these chips during the previous roadmap, it appears as though the chips may have just been renamed to the FX-"70" series. No pricing has been announced for the new FX-70s -- AMD has never released more than one FX series processor in a single launch. Typically the FX series CPUs are devoted to only a small audience with an extremely high price tag. Official pricing for the new processors was not revealed.
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10/3/2006 3:00:01 PM
The worst problem nobody's mentioning for 4x4... heatsinks. How're we supposed to cool dual 125W sockets? Modern high-TDP heatsinks are huge. Dual Scythe Ninjas? No way they'll fit. Dual small heatsinks with screamingly loud fans to keep up? Mandatory water cooling? Blech. A Kentsfield will be much easier to cool just from avoiding the dual sockets alone, and dissapates way less than 250W besides.
10/3/2006 5:00:43 PM
Well assuming you have $2000+ just to spend on the two CPUs alone, not counting the [Registered?] RAM for
CPU or the GPUs or anything else for that matter; I would think spending $400 on a decent watercooling setup would be no biggy.
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