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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.  Buy.com 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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Yes and No
By DangerIsGo on 1/28/2007 3:40:22 AM , Rating: 2
Why do I get the feeling like this is going to be one of those that never die? Just like the P4. It was release after release of not necessarily garbage, but processors that just aren't really needed. Instead of focusing on next gen stuff, they are putting more man power to other areas that dont need this. For example, a $600 processor for the enthusiast crowd is definitely not necessary. Sure its good to see a 3.0GHz CPU for AMD, but lets work more on the 65nm K8L/quad core next gen stuff. Ok so it may get you a few extra numbers in benchmarks, but when you compare it against Conroe, there is no comparison. I like AMD as much as the next AMD fan, but if AMD releases garbage (im sorry, their 4x4 platform is just...what?? why??) But, hopefully AMD can give intel a run for its money because now, they arent in the performance crown area. In budget CPUs, yes. they are worth the money.




RE: Yes and No
By Regs on 1/28/2007 5:44:50 AM , Rating: 1
Problem is marketers don't think like this. They think if they put anything out it's good. Especially a 3.0 GHz core.

Of course they're working on the K8L or barcelona or K10.. or whatever they want to call it. It's more or less a dead technology and it's kind of sad to seem them take over 4 years to actually make one that does 3.0 GHz stock.

I'd say they're about 2 or 3 years late on this marvel.


RE: Yes and No
By Andrwken on 1/28/2007 8:22:08 AM , Rating: 1
It really has more to do with existing road maps and not what the other guy has on the market at the time. I mean the 6000 has probably been on roadmaps for 6-12 months already, and the foundries just don't shut down because "we've just gotten our ass kicked, lets go home." Just like Intel's later prescotts, it may not be worth it to the more educated user, but it still has been in planning for some time and will see the light of day to any builder who gets an order for a high-end amd chip.

Personally, its not a very good chip for the price. But they have to hang on to some profitablility for the time being, and now they can market it as the "fastest retail cpu." Wouldn't that be a gas to see Amd touting the mhz for marketing.


RE: Yes and No
By Andrwken on 1/28/07, Rating: 0
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