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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: lol
By burn0u7 on 9/28/2007 1:47:21 AM , Rating: 0

well when i upgraded i had to fork out the green to do it. I ended up paying 239 for a board / chip combo which later only cost me like 199 cause i ended up offloading the crappy ECS board it came with to my idiot brother. I got a good chip now though. AMD X2 Socket AM2 6000+ dual core. Dropped it onto an ASUS Crosshair which is probly one of the better boards out there right now. board alone cost me about 263 when i picked it up.

My Specs:
AMD X2 socket AM2 6000+ Dual Core
Corsair 2gb DDR2 800Mhz SLI 4-4-4-12
Asus Crosshair Motherboard
2x 8800GTS 340Mb SLI Mode enabled
Hauppage MCE 150 Tv Tuner
Asus Arctic Square for cooling
750GB SATA II storage
18x CDRW DL LightScribe SATA
Coolermaster 750W PSU 500W 12V Rails SLI compliant

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