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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: K6-2 / K6-III
By US56 on 8/1/2007 4:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
Think you're on the right track. There is no apparent successor to a long string of AMD high bang for the buck end-of-the-line processors beginning with the 386DX-40 and continuing with the AMD-X5, K6-III+ and Athlon XP-M. The Opteron 1xx came about as close as any Athlon 64 but the fun was short-lived and it was necessary to play the Newegg stepping and production code lottery or pay a premium to get one of the best ones. It will take a number of core rev's until a K10 can fill that role, if ever. It looks like the rumored G2 core stepping isn't going to happen either because AMD doesn't have the resources or because the potential performance would be too close to the early K10. It looks like the next window of opportunity for the best high bang for the buck fun will be the 45nm C2D. That would break a long streak of satisfying AMD processor based builds for me.

RE: K6-2 / K6-III
By Silver2k7 on 8/7/2007 3:00:36 AM , Rating: 2
You type like you have an AMD right now. If you have AM2 then you you should only need a bios update to plug-in an AM2+ Phenom CPU.

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