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AMD plans one last "Windsor" based Athlon 64 X2

AMD refuses to kill off its 90nm Windsor core Athlon 64 X2 processors. The Athlon 64 X2 6000+ is AMD’s fastest dual-core performance processor. The processor launched last February to the tune of 3.0 GHz with a 125-watt TDP.

The model continues to stay on AMD’s roadmap throughout the rest of 2007 and half of 2008. AMD plans a refresher for the Athlon 64 X2 6000+. Instead of moving it to the 65nm Brisbane core like many other Athlon 64 X2 models, including the 5200+, 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, 4000+, 3600+ and BE-series, the refreshed X2 6000+ sticks to the Windsor core.

The refreshed model drops the thermal ratings down to 89-watts. Still, the reduced thermal envelope is still 24-watts higher than the highest-clocked Brisbane – the X2 5200+ at 2.7 GHz. However, the thermals match AMD’s upcoming Phenom X2 GP-6800, a Kuma based model slated for Q1’2008.

Despite the impending launch of the Phenom X2 series, the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ remains the only mainstream AMD dual-core desktop processor with a 3.0 GHz clock frequency. The upcoming Phenom X2 series top out around 2.4-to-2.8 GHz when the GP-6800 launches, according to a recent AMD roadmap. AMD does not have any plans to release a 3.0 GHz Barcelona on its roadmap yet.

Expect AMD to release 89-watt Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processors next quarter.

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RE: Not quite..
By caqde on 7/31/2007 6:51:48 PM , Rating: 0
He said "Mainstream" the Core 2 Duo E6850 is not a mainstream processor. The $300+ price tag is in the Upper end of the computer users price range I doubt I would see a normal computer user spending that much on one part. Well besides the monitor of course. Whereas the X2 6000 is around ~$170 which is in the upper range of the mainstream but still within that price area. So yea he is right about it being the only 3.0ghz..

RE: Not quite..
By kenji4life on 7/31/2007 7:49:59 PM , Rating: 2
The E6850 is still the preferred option for people who don't care about the price difference. It's not mainstream, if you are average Joe, going to bestbuy to buy a computer. But "average" Joe is just that. There are plenty of well off people who will buy the expensive dell XPS with the latest 300 dollar processor, and plenty of enthusiasts who will spend the dough for bragging rights.

But your arguement holds water. I too, don't consider anything that costs 300 dollars mainstream. But then again, I also would not spend 170, if I can get one for 50.

RE: Not quite..
By zsdersw on 7/31/07, Rating: 0
RE: Not quite..
By zsdersw on 7/31/07, Rating: 0
RE: Not quite..
By ninjaquick on 7/31/07, Rating: 0
RE: Not quite..
By zsdersw on 7/31/2007 9:57:04 PM , Rating: 1
According to you and some others here, perhaps.. but what you and some others on here consider "mainstream" is not the standard by which news articles are written or worded. Ever heard of a thing called "objectivity" in journalism?

RE: Not quite..
By defter on 8/1/2007 2:13:45 AM , Rating: 2
The official price for E6850 is $266.

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