AMD Q4'06 Dual-Core Roadmap
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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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4x4 Hummer Indeed
10/8/2006 12:44:45 AM
IMO enthusiasts won’t ride this one home. Why pay for old
technology and high power usage? AMD trying to regain the
benchmark crown? Maybe this one will be good for a few
days or hours only. Reality plays hard on a company who is
too complacent. The giant usually responds with a big one
Athlon won the Pentium battle for 5 years. Without Athlon
there would be no E6xxx. The budget E6xxx overclocked, beats
AMD’s flagship processor, end of story.
That socket AM2 move was nonsense when the numbers stay the
same, and now another socket change? Wakeup AMD!
IMO, competition is good. In time AMD will answer, that is
the essence. AMD needs to redo their architecture from the
ground up to win me back again.
RE: 4x4 Hummer Indeed
10/10/2006 8:32:27 PM
What do you mean by old technology? To be quite frank there's more "old" technology in core to than the Athlon64... Core2 is currently a better performer, but with some tweeking the A64 has a *lot* of compition left in it!
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