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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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RE: Wow...
By softwiz on 9/27/2007 2:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'd have liked to get X2 4800+ 939 if they were in stock anywhere.


RE: Wow...
By 1078feba on 9/27/2007 5:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
Snagged an FX-60 just before 939 went the way of the dodo. I know that the Egg doesn't stock them anymore, but I'm pretty sure that you can find them elsewhere.

Got mine at 3.2 stable (stock 2.6, just like this Black edition +5000) on a Coolit Freezone. While it still bottlenecks my dual Ultra's, it's better than nothing while I wait to see how Phenom stacks up against Core 2 and Penryn.


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