Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Hits Store Shelves Way Early
January 27, 2007 4:36 AM
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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
and Newegg. Details of the last
high-end Athlon 64 X2 processor
AMD's next-generation microarchitecture
was leaked out
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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Intel = AMD?
1/28/2007 12:28:20 PM
I've loved AMD for all of these years. We bought a 1 GHZ one about 5 years ago, then an amd athlon 2100 XP and 2800 XP (Which I'm using now). I felt that they were underdogs to Intel's aggressive monopoly. However, once the X2's came out, the price for an amd 3800 x2 stayed at about £210. For almost a year. Once the core 2 duo's came out, the prices halved for the amd range. All of a sudden I realised that AMD had had the upper hand for a year and were exploiting it by upping their prices. I then thought 'well, they have to gain some ground back against Intel', but then I also considered the possibility that it didn't matter whether AMD or Intel were ahead, they'd always up their prices if there wasn't any competition. I've now just bought a Core 2 Duo 6300.
Sorry if this is off-topic but I had to say it some where. AMD and Intel are both just companies which will attempt to make money. Using this theory has helped me to think clearly when buying a new processor.
If only AMD and Intel could become like the 2 main GPU manufacturers- always on the same level of performance as each other. I hope that AMD over takes again (It would be terrible to see them lose the processor war, Intel's far stronger and larger). I'm looking forward to the benchmarks of these processors, though at the moment the core 2 duos are still the best performers (and overclockers) for a reasonable amount of money.
RE: Intel = AMD?
1/29/2007 9:28:29 AM
I don't think there's anything to worry about. Unlike ATI and Nvidia, Intel and AMD appear to be out of phase by a half product cycle, unlike Nvidia and ATI. To me, this seems to be a better situation because it simplifies decesion making.
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