Athlon 64 X2 5000+ availability in question
Less than a month after the May 23 Socket AM2 launch, AMD told us it was about to discontinue all of the new Athlon 64 X2 processors with 1MB of cache per core, including the three-week-old 4000+. Word has it the company has now stopped supplying some stores with the Athlon 64 X2 5000+, as well. After ordering parts for an upgrade, Brian Crescente from Kotaku received a message from an online retailer that said, "We received a notification from AMD this week stating this processor [the Athlon 64 X2 5000+] has been discontinued. We will not be receiving it anymore and all backorders for this model have been cancelled." This statement could be chalked up to error on the retailer's part, but we were recently told by a major Canadian online store that it, too, would no longer be receiving any X2 5000+ chips.
We asked AMD for confirmation, but company spokesman Damon Muzny only stated, "Not sure where this rumor of the X2 5K being discon-ed. It's still part of our product lineup." The chip is indeed still part of AMD's lineup, but real-world availability is another story, as it has been since the chip's introduction. Only a handful of stores seem to even carry the chip, and they often list it for twice its intended $301 price. Meanwhile, AMD's newly-introduced Athlon 64 X2 5200+ isn't available anywhere according to our price search engine, even though Muzny says the chip "launched worldwide for immediate availability."