AMD Launches "Black Edition" Athlon 64 X2 5000+
September 27, 2007 11:30 AM
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No, it still isn't a special edition Mercedes
, the enthusiast community eagerly awaits the launch of
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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9/27/2007 2:44:24 PM
Fact of the matter is, by moving the memory controller to the CPU die, whenever you change the memory technology, you probably need a socket change.
Could they have stuck with releasing both 939 and AM2 parts, yes, but I don't think they could get away with not releasing AM2 parts. Mainstream users would tend to say, oh, "Intel is using DDR2, and AMD's still using DDR, so I'll go for Intel" - not quite realising that early DDR2 clock speed isn't enough to make up for its latency, and DDR would work just fine. AMD had to move to DDR2 some point, and eventually they will have to kill off 939.
It isn't like Intel doesn't have similar problems. In fact, they have a worse track record IMO in terms of changing sockets and screwing people.
I'm still interested in the black edition, simply because i'm on a 4000+ and I wouldn't mind moving to an unlocked piece. I do agree withe the comment that AMD should just release unlocked parts to stay in the game. That would definitely entice OCers.
9/27/2007 3:15:03 PM
The memory controller has been on the cpu since a64 came out. As for the DDR2, i still really doubt that a socket change was needed, especially since the cpu barely changed (only added one pin which made it 940). Added features such as virtualization probably warranted a socket change, but i really doubt ddr2 was the sole reason for changing sockets.
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