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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 jajig on 9/27/2007 6:34:26 PM , Rating: 1
A chipset isn't a processor.

RE: Wow...
By Felofasofa on 9/27/2007 6:53:44 PM , Rating: 3
A chipset isn't a processor.

My mistake, they have nothing to do with each other..;)

RE: Wow...
By jajig on 9/27/2007 10:41:52 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously that's sarcasm.

OrSin said he liked the processors but not the chipsets, if the chipset is missing something he requires processor speed is irrelevant.

RE: Wow...
By Felofasofa on 9/28/2007 4:52:38 AM , Rating: 2
if the chipset is missing something he requires processor speed is irrelevant.

But what could they be missing? Todays chipsets are packed with features, heaps of USB Ports, lots of SATA's, built in raid, plenty of expansion, mature memory management, reliable and stable, overclock ridiculously easy, and are really cheap for what you get. There's a choice of vendors. I guess I found his gripe rather strange considering the above.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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