Socket AM2 X2s with 1MB cache delisted
Yesterday, we reported that AMD
planned to discontinue its Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 processors with 1MB
of cache per core. Rumors put the move off until a set of substantial price cuts expected from AMD in late
July, but it looks like AMD is already going ahead with its plans. DailyTech
reports that Athlon 64 X2 4000+, 4400+, and 4800+ processors for
Socket AM2 have been removed from the listings of a number of online retailers,
leaving only X2 3800+, 4200+, 4600+, and 5000+ chips with 512KB of
cache per core for the new socket.
on Newegg for all dual-core Socket AM2 chips only yields a single 1MB Athlon 64 X2—a 4400+—and it's out of stock. Similar
results can be seen on e-tailers like Mwave,
where no 1 MB AM2 chips are listed at all aside from the top-of-the-line
Athlon 64 FX-62. It's odd to see AMD ditching those chips so quickly
after their launch less than one month ago, especially since the company
even introduced a new Athlon 64 X2 4000+ with 1 MB of cache on May 23 to
fill the gap between the X2 3800+ and 4200+.