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Athlon 64 X2 gets the 65nm treatment

AMD today announced its long-awaited 65nm Brisbane core Athlon 64 X2 processors. This begins AMD’s transition to 65nm from 90nm. AMD expects to transition its complete product lineup to 65nm in mid-2007. Nevertheless, four Brisbane core Athlon 64 X2 processors are launching today—the 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+. All 65nm Brisbane core processors are equipped with 2x512KB of L2 cache.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane 
L2 Cache
TDP Pricing
5000+ 2.6 GHz 2x512KB 65W
4800+ 2.5 GHz 2x512KB 65W $271
4400+ 2.3 GHz 2x512KB 65W $214
4000+ 2.1 GHz 2x512KB 65W

With Brisbane, AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors equipped with 2x1MB of L2 cache will become a thing of the past as AMD completes its 65nm transition. While AMD has announced its Brisbane core 65nm processors, the processors only available in limited quantities. Expect mass availability in Q1’2007.

OEMs are expected to deliver Brisbane powered systems as well. These OEMs include Acer, Dell, Founder, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Packard Bell and TongFang. Dell is expected to adopt Brisbane 65nm processors in its Optiplex and Dimension desktops while Acer is expected to have Brisbane powered Aspire systems too.

Pricing for Brisbane 65nm processors start at $169 for the 4000+ and goes up to $301 for the 5000+ in quantities of 1000. Do note that Brisbane core processors are still K8 based and not K8L like the upcoming Stars core processors.

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By killerroach on 12/5/2006 2:32:12 AM , Rating: 2
I just don't see the point behind these chips... no real advantage in terms of price, performance, or power consumption... it seems more like they want to make sure they have their 65nm process firing on all cylinders in time for Stars, not to mention reduce their own production costs.

These don't interest me one iota, but, if this helps them get more Stars-based chips out in the future, it's fine by me.

RE: Proof-of-concept?
By KristopherKubicki on 12/5/2006 2:43:45 AM , Rating: 4
It's very common practice to do optical shrinks before changing the architecture. This has been done for almost every major processor launch for the better part of two decades. It's basically to get the process down before then changing the architecture.

RE: Proof-of-concept?
By yacoub on 12/5/2006 8:04:31 AM , Rating: 2
I'll never understand why a post like yours gets rated down, when what you're saying is true - there is no reason to buy these. Why don't they just save the investment for the next-gen core on this die? If they want proof of concept they only need to produce a couple die sheets-worth of them. Should save the money and r&d so they can catch up w/ Intel. Especially when these really offer nothing to the mainstream buyers looking for a reason to stick with AMD when Intel has the superior platform in both price and performance.
LESS cache? Stiff prices? I mean come on...

RE: Proof-of-concept?
By mamisano on 12/5/2006 9:33:17 AM , Rating: 2
They are not making these newer processors to cater to the DYI crowd...If you have been keeping up with the news you would know that AMD has been having problems providing chips to their OEM and Retail chains. By moving to the newer process on a larger wafer size and smaller cache they can pump out a significantly larger number of chips to pump up the supply chain. This will also allow them to mature the new .065 process for increases in performance prior to the newer architecture coming in mid 2007.

RE: Proof-of-concept?
By saratoga on 12/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Proof-of-concept?
By typo101 on 12/7/2006 7:28:34 PM , Rating: 1
i love that you got downrated for that

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