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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 DailyTech 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.

In AMD's 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 Windsor 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 DailyTech 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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so in other words...
By johnsonx on 10/3/2006 3:43:08 PM , Rating: 3
AMD has very little to answer Core 2 Duo, and nothing at all to answer Core 2 Quad.

4x4 is no answer; as others have pointed out, pretty much everything offered by 4x4 is already available... the 2005 Maximum PC Dream Machine was pretty much the same thing, and that was 15+ months ago.

Come November or December (or maybe Jan 07), a similar sized (large) bag of money will get you either 4 old AMD64 cores, or 8 new Core2 cores (Xeon Cloverton). A far smaller bag of money will get you 4 new Core2 cores (Core 2 Quad). Hmmm.... which to want?

If I had any sizable bags of money for a new sytem, I can't see buying anything from AMD; Intel has a far better offer no matter how much I want to spend.

AMD better keep dropping prices. AMD is ok on the low-end, but the low-end of the CPU war is rapidly approaching what AMD thought was their high end.

RE: so in other words...
By therealnickdanger on 10/3/2006 4:27:24 PM , Rating: 5
AMD better keep dropping prices. AMD is ok on the low-end, but the low-end of the CPU war is rapidly approaching what AMD thought was their high end.

Very true. A $180 E6300 will bring the hurt to the FX-62 with good overclocking. Anyway, I really like AMD, I was all set to build a new AM2 system before the first Conroe benchmarks starting appearing on ExtremeSystems. Once AT confirmed the pwnage, I completely changed camps. I don't want to dismiss AMD as simply being motivation for Intel to step up their game, but I'm pretty shocked at the commanding performance lead Intel has take - in all areas. Neither 4x4 nor a 65n shrink will help them. Time will tell, but with Clovertown, Bear Lake, 45n, Robson, and a host of other new toys, AMD might get set back quite a bit.

Fortunately for AMD, the mainstream consumer market doesn't move that fast. Companies are only now really starting to adopt AMD systems to save money and power and a lot of AMD systems are still sold as budget systems, so until Intel launches their new Celery, AMD can bottomfeed in comfort. (not meant as a dig, just an expression)

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