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No, it still isn't a special edition Mercedes

With Barcelona finally launched, the enthusiast community eagerly awaits the launch of AMD's Phenom desktop processors. A large gap, however, still remains between now and then, and what better way to fill that gap than with a new AMD Athlon 64 product?

Today AMD silent-launched its Athlon 64 X2 5000+ "Black Edition." The Athlon 64 X2 5000+ is AMD’s second processor offered under the Black Edition moniker; the first being the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+.

In reality, the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ can hardly be considered a completely new product. It still features the same 2.6GHz clock speed, 1 MB of L2 cache, and 65 Watt TDP. In fact, all technical aspects of the processor are identical to its non-Black Edition counterpart. The only new feature that the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition brings to the table is an unlocked multiplier -- allowing overclockers to increase the frequency of the processor without the need to adjust the HyperTransport clock.

It is unmistakable that AMD is attempting to entice enthusiasts and DIY PC builders with the unlocked multiplier. Thus, success of the new product centers on its overclocking performance.

According sources familiar with the new CPUs launch schedule, retail availability of the processors should come later this month, but as of right now no major supplier is selling the new processor.   

AMD guidance sets the MSRP of the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ "Black Edition" at $136 in quantities of 1,000. 

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To compete with Intel...
By Tedtalker1 on 9/27/2007 12:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
They should be unlocking all of their CPUs.It really ticked me off when after seeing my friend's 2500+ Barton easily overclock to 3200+,I ordered one a couple of months later only to find it hard locked.Just being able to overclock it at all was futile.With Intel's new processors being overclocking monsters, AMD needs to get their head out of the sand.They left an avid supporter high and dry and that doesn't make good business sense to me at all.

RE: To compete with Intel...
By StinkyMojo on 9/27/2007 12:54:48 PM , Rating: 2
All you had to do was up the FSB to 200... you don't need to touch the multiplier ;-)

RE: To compete with Intel...
By Tedtalker1 on 9/29/2007 12:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
I tried that and it was a no go.It was hard locked completely.I even tried a pin mod with no success.

RE: To compete with Intel...
By johnsonx on 9/30/2007 11:54:12 PM , Rating: 1
No such thing as a 'hard locked' AMD CPU. However there were plenty of Barton 2500+ CPU's that simply wouldn't do 2.2Ghz. Remember that 2.2Ghz was the pinnacle of released K7 CPU's; very few had much OC headroom beyond that.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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