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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: What to do?
By Moishe on 8/1/2007 8:05:12 AM , Rating: 2
Personally, I'd buy Raptors before I went to a RAID setup... But if you've got money to throw around then RAIDing Raptors would be a nice HDD setup. IMO RAID is a lot like buying supreme top of the line RAM... it DOES have a performance effect but it's small and the cost is high.

Maybe I'm cheap, but I prefer to get 90% of the way to the top for 50% of the cash. That last 5-10% is always what costs the most and has the smallest overall return.

RE: What to do?
By SlyNine on 8/5/2007 3:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
In games the differences are normally 4% or less unless your talking about video cards. Then its maybe 10% at most between a 8800GTX to 8800Ultra, even less from a 1900XT to 1900XTX when they were released.

I don't really understand the demand for the very highest top of the line stuff. when you can go one very small step down and save 50%.

RE: What to do?
By Silver2k7 on 8/7/2007 2:35:21 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps there are people out there who play the latest games on ultra high resolutions and actually needs the fastest thats avalible.. If you feel you don't need it then just don't buy it. Also there is people who buy a machin that shall last 2-4 years.. who don't do incremental updates but just purchase a new machine.

[quote]I don't really understand the demand for the very highest top of the line stuff. when you can go one very small step down and save 50%. [/quote]

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