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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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RE: summary
By drebo on 12/5/2006 10:07:20 AM , Rating: 0
*Less cache

...Where did you get this idea? 1MB cache chips have not been manufactured by AMD for quote some time. In fact, they discontinued them shortly after launching AM2. It's NOT a reduction in cache from previous generations. It keeps the exact same cache. Regardless, the extra 1mb of cache has little to no effect on performance.

As for the rest of your list...who gives a shit? If you don't need one of these, don't buy one. If you've got an AM2 or a 939, they are still in supply at a lot of places. Newegg has very good prices on the X2 4600+, both 939 and AM2. Price gouging will be seen any time demand surpasses supply, so don't blame AMD for the retail prices of these chips.

RE: summary
By Slaimus on 12/5/2006 9:04:51 PM , Rating: 2
They are going with Opteron = 1MB, Athlon = 512K, Sempron = 256K.

RE: summary
By lplatypus on 12/5/2006 11:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
It's NOT a reduction in cache from previous generations.

Actually if you look at AMD's pricing page, it seems to indicate that the new processors have a TOTAL of 512kb cache, ie 2x256kb.

RE: summary
By mino on 12/6/2006 1:57:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, they've got a typpo in the pricelist apparently.

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