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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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RE: Waste of money.
By Hoser McMoose on 1/29/2007 1:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
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The only difference is that Netburst was just a bad baby while K8 is more or less just long in the tooth.


How exactly is the K8 "long in the tooth" while Netburst was not?! Keep in mind that Netburst was first released in 2000 and between that time and the end of 2003 when AMD released their Athlon64 it was generally the fastest processor out there (there was a brief period when the AthlonXP was about on-par with the fastest P4s, but that was only a few months).

By the time Netburst was being really eclipsed by the Athlon64 architecture it slightly over 3 years old. On the other hand, the Athlon64 was slightly less then 3 years old when the Core 2 Duo was released.

The problem was NOT that Netburst was a bad baby, it was just that Intel didn't have a replacement for it until almost 3 years after it was needed! Actually, they sort of did in the Prescott, which was rather heavily modified from the original P4. Now THAT was a "bad baby". However looking at the P4 in general, and in particular the Northwood where it really hit it's stride, the P4 was actually quite a good processor.


RE: Waste of money.
By mino on 1/29/2007 4:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
You got the history lesson wrong.

P4 was on top starting by 2.4 Northwood chips. Anyting before was AMD.

Willamette could not win with its own P3, not to mention Athlon at a time.


RE: Waste of money.
By Hoser McMoose on 1/30/2007 5:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
When the P4 was released, the fastest AMD chip was 1.2GHz, and the two were competitive. But by the summer of 2001 Intel was up to 2.0GHz with the P4 vs. 1.4GHz for AMD and only 1.13GHz for the P3. By that stage the raw clock speed of the P4 was enough to overcome any other potential weaknesses and it was the performance leader in the majority of applications. There were a few months when AMD was competitive again with the release of their AthlonXP chips in late 2001, but the release of the Northwood in Jan. of 2002 pretty much negated that.

AMD could still compete reasonably well though due to costs, not just of the processor but also the motherboards and especially the RDRAM needed for the P4.

Anyway, the long story short is that while the P4 had more than it's fair share of detractors and it was often very expensive for the performance it offered, for several years of it's life it was the fastest chip out there. The same was true with the Athlon64.


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