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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: Waste of money.
By Goty on 1/27/2007 6:58:59 PM , Rating: 5
So why exactly is it garbage? Does this mean that the whole Pentium D line and all prescott processors are garbage as well? Does this mean that all conroe-derived processors will be crap 6 months from now when something better comes out?

Come back in ten years when you've gotten through puberty.

RE: Waste of money.
By Scrogneugneu on 1/27/2007 8:09:01 PM , Rating: 5
Does this mean that the whole Pentium D line and all prescott processors are garbage as well?

Yeah. Who told you it wasn't?

RE: Waste of money.
By crystal clear on 1/27/07, Rating: -1
RE: Waste of money.
By Darith on 1/29/2007 12:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
Correct you are!

RE: Waste of money.
By Hare on 1/28/2007 4:53:33 AM , Rating: 5
It's garbage either because

a) the performance per $ is low
b) the absolute performance is low
c) the performance per watt is low
d) or a combination of all these

I couldn't care less what logo my processor has as long as it delivers good performance and doesn't cost a lot. That's exactly why I've had Bartons, A64, X2, Pentium Mobile and now C2D E6300. I just don't understand the loyality to one specific manufacturer. Same thing with graphics. Ati -> nVidia -> Ati. I just look for performance per buck.

And yes. The Pentium D line is garbage and always was since the A64 offer a lot better performance and wattage as well as price.

RE: Waste of money.
By coldpower27 on 1/29/2007 7:25:17 PM , Rating: 2
That is not how things work, this processor isn't as good as what the competition offers at the equivalent price point. However, regardless it will still be released as AMD needs time to bridge the gap until K8L/K10 derivatives.

The Pentium D was an acceptable Dual Core for the price in the lower spectrum as it was priced at cheaper levels then the AMD Athlon 64x2 3800+, especially with the Pentium D 805 and Pentium D 920, 930 later on in the cycle.

The Athlon 64x2 had good performance, but were priced high. Nothing was below 300USD, before the advent of Core 2 Duo.

RE: Waste of money.
By mindless1 on 1/28/07, Rating: -1
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