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Bleeding edge AMD fans rejoice; your 3.0GHz processor has arrived

It appears as though the February 20th, 2007 embargo date on Athlon 64 X2 6000+ applies to everyone except DailyTech and Newegg.  Details of the last high-end Athlon 64 X2 processor before AMD's next-generation microarchitecture was leaked out DailyTech just a few days ago.

Ryan Shrout tells us that early this morning the retailer began selling the 3.0GHz chip for $599 in-stock, which is actually just under the volume distributor pricing of $607. also lists the processor, but for $685 and out of stock

The processor is slated to launch in a little more than three weeks, but it appears that information about the CPU has already been disclosed.  The  model number has not appeared on AMD's website yet.  AMD's model number, ADX6000IAA6CZ, was leaked with some preliminary specifications on Asrock's motherboard support website early this year.

The CPU is a 90nm dual-core 3.0GHz processor. It features 1MB L2 cache per core and is essentially identical to the Athlon 64 FX-74 processor with the exception that the 6000+ uses Socket AM2 instead of Socket 1207. 

Two Athlon 64 FX 70-series processors are used in AMD's high-end Quad FX platform.  Typically the FX-family processors cost significantly more than the desktop components, but in this case the FX-74 is actually priced $50 less than the 6000+ at Newegg.

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RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By kenji4life on 1/27/2007 5:43:10 PM , Rating: 0
See the thing is all of the 'catch' words in there.. mostly "by AMD". The fact of the matter is that nothing AMD has right now is worth buying imho- and many other's I'm sure. Although it is a milestone, it [i]feels[/i] pointless. Why burn 600 bucks on a CPU when you can use the same money to upgrade to the currently better choice of a core2duo?? The same arguement could have been made to someone who was ready to purchase an Intel EE 955 a year ago.. why not spend the money on a good 939+opteron165+gig or two of ram? It's just that now that I'm on the other side of the fence (with a VERY long in the tooth barton mobile socketA board) I feel like June/July/August is way too far away.

And no, I won't be supporting Intel with their superior product anytime soon. I have no trouble making the concession that Intel has the upper hand. But that doesn't change my feelings about them as a company.

I can wish well for AMD, being a stockholder (and one knowning he'll be holding on to that stock for a long time) but the truth is that if VIA, IBM etc were to get off their ass and take a REAL stab at the mainstream, I'd be just as supportive of them. Realistically though, as that is dreaming for sure, the likelyhood is higher that we'll see AMD come back with a 'comperable' solution to core. Who am I kidding? That's the only likelyhood. The real question though, will be what Intel's answer to that will be. Only time can answer absolutely.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By ButterFlyEffect78 on 1/27/2007 5:53:02 PM , Rating: 3
I believe my Opty 165 dual core that i payed 150 dollars for and overclocked it to 2.8ghz on air was well worth on my part. I don't agree with you on that one because the only cpu's that are not worth buying are the flagship processors, the FX line. But to say 'nothing worth buying' is plain absurd.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By kenji4life on 1/27/2007 5:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you missed the part where I said IMHO- In my humble opinion. And I mostly meant that for myself.. as I am still sticking it out with my system for now:

Barton Mobile 2400+ (35watt)
1 gig valuram
6800GS 256mb unlocked to Ultra
hercules gtxp
nec multisync fe700+
raided wd 80's

still does everything i need it to do good enough.

sad thing is how 'amazing fast' my computer was when I built it a few years ago.

but yes, disagree with my humble opinion, that is within your right as a human being in most first world contries on the earth

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By Scabies on 1/27/2007 6:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
Shoot, now you totally have me second guessing my next move. I was about to step out of my Socket A 3200XP Barton corner and throw down about a grand on a core2 setup, seeing as my rig is around four years old. My family came to visit over the holidays, and they all said "dang, I wish my computer was this fast."
I just wish AMD/TI would toss out a better northbridge to compliment the r600 launch, otherwise its back to intel for me... We'll know in a month or so.

By StevoLincolnite on 1/28/2007 2:08:20 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, My Socket A Barton 3000+ 1gb of DDR, Radeon 9800XT does everything and plays everything. (Even oblivion!!!).
Still, I was thinking of going the low end single core Athlon 64... Or a low end Core 2. But until I cant play games on medium quality my current rig is good enough for me!

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By Hare on 1/28/2007 6:40:04 AM , Rating: 2
Jump from 3200XP barton to 3000+ A64, hardly noticed.
Jump from 2,5Ghz A64 to Pentium M740, hardly noticed.
Jump from Pentium M to E6300. Definately noticed...

Jump from Ati 9700 -> nVidia 6800, definately worth it
Jump from 6800 -> X1950pro, definately worth it

If you are happy with your current rig. Keep it. If you want more performance I can tell you that C2D and a decent GPU make miracles happen. Conroe is definately a breath of fresh air from a performance stand point. I can actually feel the difference unlike with previous upgrades.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By TechLuster on 1/27/2007 6:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
The fact of the matter is that nothing AMD has right now is worth buying imho

Actually, if you're building an inexpensive low-power system right now, Intel has nothing worth buying in the sub-$150 category. AMD, on the other hand, has the 3800+ Orleans and X2 3800+ EE Windsor for $100 and $135, respectively. For most people, either of these chips paired with a nice integrated board and a gig of RAM will provide plenty of (energy-efficient) computational power for the next couple years.

I agree that Intel has AMD beat in the mid-to-high end market, but AMD's doing just fine on the low end.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By Ringold on 1/27/2007 8:16:40 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, got to disagree.

Saw earlier today a Fry's in-store deal.

"Frys Electronics - Intel E4300 CPU + Motherboard for $149.99"

"Frys Electronics in-store has the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4300 and the ECS P4M800PRO-M V2 motherboard for $149.99.

Motherboard comes with
- Onboard 2D/3D Video / 6 Channel Audio
- Supports AGP8x / SATA & RAID Support
- DDR400 or DDR2 533

For a low-end econo box, that rocks. Hell, the processor alone is worth that.

AMD has some strength in the low end category but once the E4300 is in wide circulation the smart money is C2D from low end to high end.

Saw the above on, btw.

NewEgg wants $179 for the E4300 alone.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By BladeVenom on 1/27/2007 9:03:11 PM , Rating: 1
That's not the normal price, it's only available at Fry's brick and mortar stores which most people don't have near them, and even worse that motherboard doesn't work with that processor until it's been flashed with a new BIOS.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By lonster on 1/28/2007 12:30:49 AM , Rating: 2
Be careful, I've returned 2 CPU/ECS board combos from Fry's. The first combo was an X2 3800+ and an NFORCE4-A939, stability issues + faulty USB controller which would only operate in 1.1 mode. The second was a P4 2.66/ECS P4M800 PRO which would not post at random. Save your cash, or buy the combo and eBay the board.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By mino on 1/29/2007 5:20:59 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you found a deal 1cent under $150 he mentioned. HURAH!

Actually, as that board has a negative value by the necessity to get rid of her (that's its bundled for free), your deal may be a little over $160.

RE: Unreasonably overpriced !!!
By kenji4life on 1/28/2007 12:40:42 PM , Rating: 2
wow this post got rated down to -1?

okie :P

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