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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 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.


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