AMD Announces "Brisbane" 65nm Processors
Anh Tuan Huynh
December 5, 2006 1:27 AM
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Athlon 64 X2 gets the 65nm treatment
oday announced its long-awaited 65nm
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
Athlon 64 X2 processors are launching today—the 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+. All 65nm
core processors are equipped with 2x512KB of L2 cache.
AMD Athlon 64 X2
, 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
core 65nm processors, the processors only available in limited quantities. Expect mass availability in Q1’2007.
OEMs are expected to deliver
powered systems as well. These OEMs include Acer, Dell, Founder, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Packard Bell and TongFang. Dell is expected to adopt
65nm processors in its Optiplex and Dimension desktops while Acer is expected to have
powered Aspire systems too.
65nm processors start at $169 for the 4000+ and goes up to $301 for the 5000+ in quantities of 1000. Do note that
core processors are still K8 based and not
K8L like the upcoming
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RE: Why less Cache?
12/5/2006 6:53:57 AM
That and the extra cache really doesn't have that big of an effect on performance. C2D has a large cache to help compensate for northbridge latency. Not saying its a bad chip (I have an E6600) though. AMD doesn't see a real reason to increase cache size when they're selling like hot cakes with good performance without the extra cache.
RE: Why less Cache?
12/5/2006 8:55:08 AM
Thats correct. When the first performance charts came with the AM2 processors we noticed that there wasn't a difference between the two cache sizes. This was because of the faster DDR2 memory that was being used. The larger cache helped with the 939 DDR motherboards, but not with the DDR2 ones.
Because of this there is no reason to produce the larger cache sizes anymore especially since the lower cache size decreases the overall cost of the product and allows them to compete better.
RE: Why less Cache?
12/5/2006 8:45:05 PM
You should also keep in mind just how expensive cache is...
2x1MB takes up almost half of the die space!
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