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AMD releases its newest Athlon chips and performs its final series of price cuts before the Phenom launch

AMD today released six new 45 Watt AMD Athlon and Sempron processors. This is the company's third silent launch this year.

In addition to the new chips, AMD today also implemented new price cuts, further slashing the prices of its Athlon chips. The new chips and price cuts are most likely the final product releases and price cuts to take place before the Phenom debut, which will occur in late November.

Each AMD product line received at least one new chip today. AMD released chips for its Athlon X2, Athlon and Sempron product lines.

For its Athlon X2 line, AMD released the Athlon X2 BE-2400 chip, which operates at 2.3 GHz and 45 Watts. According to AMD guidance, the product is priced at $104 in quantities of 1,000. Previously, the fastest AMD processor with the BE moniker was the 2350, which is priced at $96 in quantities of 1,000.

AMD also implemented a flurry of price cuts to its Athlon X2 brand.  Eight additional price cuts were put into action today, all on the company's 65nm dual-core offerings.  There are no single-core processors in AMD's desktop lineup anymore.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Pricing
Model

Old Pricing

New Pricing
6400+ BE

$251

$220
6000+
$178

$167
5600+

$157

$146
5200+

$136

$125
5000+ BE

$136

$136
4800+

$115

$104
4400+

$94

$89
4200+

$78

$78
4000+

$73

$68

In today's silent-launch, AMD also released two new Athlon models. The first, the AMD Athlon LE-1620 runs at 2.4GHz and comes for $53. Like all of the other processor models released today, it also has a 45 Watt TDP rating. Paying $6 less than the LE-1620 ($47) will get you an Athlon LE-1600, which features a 2.2GHz operating frequency.

AMD's Semron line also received a face lift with the release of three new processors, the LE-1250, LE-1200 and LE-1100. The chips operate at 2.2GHz, 2.1GHz, and 1.9GHz respectively.


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Sigh...
By DEVGRU on 10/10/2007 1:56:41 PM , Rating: 5
If someone could magically make a socket AM2 to 939 adapter, they would be a VERY rich individual... Not to mention a Nobel Peace Prize for relieving the anger of AMD customers across the globe.




RE: Sigh...
By SuganamiKen on 10/10/2007 2:39:45 PM , Rating: 3
Isn't that impossible considering that 939 CPUs contain DDR memory controllers and AM2 CPUs interface with DDR2? But if someone DID somehow make a 939 to AM2 adapter, it would be pretty friggin sweet.


RE: Sigh...
By itlnstln on 10/10/2007 2:41:57 PM , Rating: 2
If you own this board, you could use an AM2 on a 939 (with optional add-on board): http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=939Dua...


RE: Sigh...
By retrospooty on 10/10/2007 5:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
"If someone could magically make a socket AM2 to 939 adapter, they would be a VERY rich individual..."

1 year ago yes, but its too late now. Most of us moved on to Intel because a 939 upgrade was not available and to buy an AM2 mens you need to buy new CPU, Ram and mobo. If you are going to buy a CPU Ram and mobo, Intel is the better choice now.

AMD really made a bad choice to kill off 939 so early, realy stupid.


RE: Sigh...
By psyph3r on 10/11/2007 2:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
Some of us are still waiting....plotting saving up money from two would be cpu purchases. I'll have my 4x4 :)


RE: Sigh...
By BladeVenom on 10/10/2007 6:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
There have been a lot of adapters in the past. No Nobel prizes awarded, and if they had been an overwhelming financial success I think they would still be made.

Once you take the cost of the adapter plus the higher cost of older memory, most people wouldn't consider it worthwhile and would rather just upgrade their motherboard.


RE: Sigh...
By Cogman on 10/10/2007 7:03:49 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, but those where just cases of "This wire goes to this hole" Stuff, really nothing impressive for those with AMD schematics. Going from 939-AM2 on the other hand would require not only an adapter, but a memory controller converter, considering all A64 chips feature a memory controller, it becomes very hard and complicated very fast.

DDR is dirt cheap right now (Cheaper then DDR2?) so it really wouldn't be that much of an added cost if an adapter where made (they usually ran for $10-$20, hardly a problem considering new MoBo's range from $60-200 and new ram $50-200)


RE: Sigh...
By Noya on 10/11/2007 2:16:41 AM , Rating: 3
You need to check prices pal.

2gb of High performance DDR2-800 can be had for $50-65 after rebate, while performance DDR-400 is $110+...which is about double the price.


RE: Sigh...
By Dactyl on 10/10/2007 7:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
NewEgg has great prices on S939 dual core CPUs. I just bought one to upgrade my system.

They're a little more expensive than equivalent-speed AM2s, but the price is not bad. (I dropped $80 for a 2.2GHz Athlon X2.)

There's no need to move to AM2.


RE: Sigh...
By Locutus465 on 10/10/2007 11:47:21 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I never considered Opertons because I thought they were always on a seperate (incompatible) socket... But the 1xx series claims s939... If I could throw an operton in this system I'd leap at the oppertunity!


RE: Sigh...
By Locutus465 on 10/10/2007 11:50:22 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, I might be taking that back... Don't Opertons always require registered memory? Drat... Yeah, no good upgrade path :(


RE: Sigh...
By Eric Adams on 10/11/2007 5:30:01 AM , Rating: 3
The Opteron 1xx S939 series doesn't require regged memory.
The S940 does.


RE: Sigh...
By Locutus465 on 10/11/2007 10:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
Oh very nice indeed... Now I know what I want for christmas :D


RE: Sigh...
By Locutus465 on 10/10/2007 11:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
I too feel abandoned on my S939... Channel is so dry there's no reasnoble upgrade path (and I'm running a x2 3800+). I've OCed to 2.4GHz, but unfortunetly my Asus A8N-SLI Premium will only allow the memory to run up to 333MHz when the CPU is OCed that far and still boot windows :(


RE: Sigh...
By estony on 10/15/2007 9:15:10 AM , Rating: 2
I would say it will be relatively the same to get one of the AMD690G motherboards + bunch of DDR2 instead of buying such an adapter and add to the existing DDR memory.


RE: Sigh...
By johnsonx on 10/15/2007 1:28:45 PM , Rating: 2
As others pointed out, adapting 939 to AM2 is pretty well impossible due to the memory controller issue.

What should have been fairly possible, and really welcome a couple of years ago, would have been a 754 to 939 adapter. Then you would have been able to upgrade an otherwise perfectly good 754 system to use a dual-core 939 CPU. No doubt it would have also required some BIOS support; that may have been the factor that killed anyone's bright idea.


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