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 dualcore performance processor. The processor launched last February to the tune of 3.0 GHz with a 125watt 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 BEseries, the refreshed X2 6000+ sticks to the Windsor core.
The refreshed model drops the thermal ratings down to 89watts. Still, the reduced thermal envelope is still 24watts higher than the highestclocked Brisbane – the X2 5200+ at 2.7 GHz. However, the thermals match AMD’s upcoming Phenom X2 GP6800, 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 dualcore desktop processor with a 3.0 GHz clock frequency. The upcoming Phenom X2 series top out around 2.4to2.8 GHz when the GP6800 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 89watt Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processors next quarter.
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