Socket AM2 X2s with 1MB cache delisted


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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