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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 Bigginz on 8/1/2007 3:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
The name GP6800 does not mean it will be faster than an Athlon X2 6000+.

AMD went to a new naming scheme.
G is Premium
P is Power consumption greater than 65 watts
6800 is high end, Phenom dual core

So the GP-6800 will be a high end, dual core Phenom for gamers and other people who want a lot of performance.

I plan on buying the GP-7100. A quad core clocked at 2.4 GHz.

RE: What to do?
By MADAOO7 on 8/2/2007 2:47:03 AM , Rating: 2
First off, thanks for the helpful information. Do you have any idea what kind of price range to expect this new GP-7100?

RE: What to do?
By SlyNine on 8/5/2007 3:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
If your going to play games, Don't go all out on a CPU, the performance will not reflect what you spend. I say go with a high-midrange CPU for about the cost of a 6000+ and the best video card you can afford and 2gigs of ram.

With that said the Q6600 is probably the CPU i would by if I was in the market now. Quad core has alot of potential in the gaming market when future games take advantage. Remember you are getting 2x the power of the other cores out there. With the Xbox 360 able to use 6 threads at one time its very likely game developers will take advantage of any extra cores to great effect.

RE: What to do?
By SlyNine on 8/5/2007 3:42:15 PM , Rating: 2
almost 2x the power of any dual core is what i ment.

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