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.
A search 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, TigerDirect, and ZipZoomFly, 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+.
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