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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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4X4 is just AMD's lame excuse to match kentsfield
By bunzerito on 10/3/2006 9:22:18 PM , Rating: 3
AMD knows they are in trouble for not ramping 65nm fast enough to produce loads of quad-core chips. 4X4 is nothing but a stop gap solution/answer (a lame one at that) to counter intel quad-core that will be shipped this November. 65nm is the key here if they don't have that Intel will own them on 45nm (2nd half of Q3?).

By bunzerito on 10/3/2006 9:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
I meant 2nd half of '07 not Q3. Sorry :P

By Dactyl on 10/4/2006 12:25:11 AM , Rating: 4
If you buy two dual-core 4x4 CPUs now, what will you do when quad core parts come out?

Will you buy two new quad-core 4x4 CPUs? Okay. But what are you going to do with your old 4x4 CPUs? Throw them away? Who will buy them?

Who will buy two used, dual core CPUs, that they need a special 4x4 mobo for, if they can just get an AM2 mobo and a quad-core CPU?

As soon as AMD's quad core parts come out, 4x4 with dual core CPUs will be obsolete.

What can the enthusiast do? Throw their dual core CPUs in the trash and buy new quad core CPUs? Build a completely new system from scratch? Or suffer in silence while some n00b with a much cheaper single-socket system gets better FPS six months later? None of these are good options.

By JeffDM on 10/8/2006 9:11:50 AM , Rating: 2
There's a secondary market for just about anything. A 4x4 system is probably going to be a very capable computer for quite some time. If the quality was worth the selling price of the components then it shouldn't be an issue.

I do agree there is a problem in the primary market, but for different reasons. If you are just playing games, a quad core CPU isn't going to make a big difference anyway, not yet. It will help with video, 3D and some other forms of graphics work.

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