AMD docs show Socket 939 X2 5000+

— 2:13 AM on March 24, 2006

A recent AMD data sheet has revealed the existence of an unannounced Socket 939 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor. The chip shares the same 2.6GHz clock speed as the existing FX-60, but cache size isn't entirely clear: the AMD document (PDF) lists the chip with 2MB of cache (1MB per core) in the part number description section, but only mentions it as having 1MB of cache (512KB per core) in the BIOS specifications list. Considering the progression of AMD's numbering scheme for the X2 line, it's likelier that the latter is correct, and that the 5000+ will indeed have 512KB of L2 cache per core. The chip should launch on June 6 at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, along with the first Socket AM2 processors.

In related news, AMD also plans to launch the first Turion X2 mobile dual-core processors on May 9. The chips will reportedly come in seven flavors clocked from 1.6GHz to 2.2GHz, likely with different power envelopes available for each chip. Considering that the single-core Turion gives the Pentium M a run for its money, it will be interesting to see how its dual-core cousin competes with Intel's Core Duo, which now has a 65nm process advantage.

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