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 4:07:17 PM
AMD Zone says-
Stop-gap or not, AMD has succeeded in making a lot of noise, out of something fairly small.
RE: Fairly small
9/27/2007 4:36:28 PM
That sounds about right. What saddens me is it took the loss of millions and maybe even billions of dollars of revenue for AMD to unlock the multiplyer.
I know, not many on the market over clock, but it seems like AMD knows how to come out with a good idea a year too late. You can all guess my next statement. Yes, just like the Barcelona.
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