More Newcastle to come from AMD
TR Reader Jim Vanson points out this interesting story on AMD's plans for the Athlon 64. The article focuses on the "Newcastle" Athlon 64 core, which features 512KB rather than 1MB of L2 cache. AMD has already rolled out 512KB of L2 cache in the Athlon 64 3000+, but Newcastle chips rated at 3200+ and 2800+ are apparently on the way as well. The Inquirer has even nabbed a picture of an Athlon 64 2800+, which is apparently clocked at 1.8GHz.
We've already seen that the Athlon 64 can be a potent performer with only 512KB of L2 cache, and I'd love to see the Athlon 64 reach down to 2800+. However, a Newcastle chip rated at 3200+ and presumably clocked at 2.2GHz is bound to create confusion if it's available alongside AMD's current 3200+, which features a full 1MB of L2 cache and runs at 2.0GHz.