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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 encryptkeeper on 8/1/2007 9:56:03 AM , Rating: 2
I don't particularly need to build a new desktop, but my HP 1.5 Centrino laptop and it's 5400RPM hard drive are slowing me down...By the way, does anyone recommend a RAID 0? Figure a slow drive might be my current bottleneck.


Well, I'm going to assume you have a desktop already, even though you didn't mention it, and I figure RAID on an HP 1.5 laptop is probably noooooot going to happen.

If you want speed, just remember RAID 0 increases your performance, but with every drive you add, you increase your risk of total data loss. Especially since the data is written into fragments between the 2 (at least) drives, if one goes bad, you will likely lose EVERYTHING. With 2 drives, you double your chances of never seeing your porn, er, files again. What kind of desktop do you have right now?


RE: What to do?
By MADAOO7 on 8/1/2007 12:00:43 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have a desktop at the moment. I am looking to build one in the next few weeks.


RE: What to do?
By encryptkeeper on 8/1/2007 1:51:44 PM , Rating: 2
Build yourself a good machine (that's in your budget of course) without raid to keep your cost low. Any halfway decent board out there now will do Raid 0 or 1. You can always add the raid functionality later on, if you feel you need it. Chances are a 600-700 machine will run circles around your laptop without raid 0.


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