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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: im bitter
By Viditor on 12/5/2006 8:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
It is a little irritating to see AMD switch from 939 to AM2 to Socket F (I think it is) all within the last 2 years

Well, let's correct a few mistakes here...

1. AMD switched from 939 to AM2 after 2.5 years...that's pretty long by comparison!
2. AMD switched from Socket 940 to Socket F after 3.5 years...that's VERY long.

as far as I've read and understand the AM2 Platform Provides no preformance increase over simular Socket 939 Processors

Not QUITE true, but close enough...however, socket AM2 will allow you to use the K10 chips when they come out in the middle of next year. It's almost like buying a Socket 939 when it first came out...with some caveats.

1. There will be (rumour) a Socket AM2+ that will allow you to use HT 3.0 coming out in Q3 of next year. However the chips will still be compatable to the normal AM2 (just no HT3.0).
2. AM3 is due out in 2008 (using DDR3). However, it is rumoured that these will ALSO be compatable to AM2 boards (though of course you will be limited to DDR2 in that case).

While it's true that Socket A wasn't EOLed as quickly as 939 was, that's because Sempron was still on Socket A at the time.

BTW, while it's true that Conroe is still technically socket 775, remember that you had to upgrade mobos anyway in order to run it because of the voltage.

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