More details surface about new Athlon 64 X2s

— 9:43 AM on December 15, 2006

AMD quietly added new Athlon 64 X2 5400+ and Athlon 64 X2 5600+ processors to its price list earlier this week, but the company revealed nothing beyond their 2.8GHz clock speed and 512KB- or 1MB-per-core cache sizes. However, the folks at DigiTimes have probed their industry sources and managed to get their hands on some extra information about the chips. According to DigiTimes, both new processors are based on a 90nm process and feature 89W power ratings. The site also says the chips will be officially launched "later this month," and that Dell will add the 5600+ model to its AMD-powered Dimension C521 and Dimension E521 desktop PCs.

In the first quarter of next year, AMD will reportedly release yet another high-end chip known as the Athlon 64 X2 6000+. This processor will run at 3.0GHz and sport a 125W power rating. AMD is supposedly unlikely to introduce an Athlon 64 X2 5800+ chip to complete its model number succession, though.

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