AMD mulling a cheaper Athlon 64 X2?

AMD is considering the addition of a new low-end part in its dual-core Athlon 64 X2 lineup, says HKEPC. Dubbed Athlon 64 X2 3600+, the chip is said to be available now as an OEM-only part for Socket 939, but an official launch on Socket AM2 could help AMD better compete against Intel's price-slashed Pentium D lineup.

Indeed, according to previous leaked roadmaps, Intel plans to launch a new 2.8 GHz Pentium D in July for $133. Another 3.0 GHz flavor is expected to follow at the same $133 price point in the fourth quarter, bringing the 2.8 GHz model's price down to just $113.

HKEPC thinks the rumored Socket AM2 X2 3600+ could show up in the fourth quarter, as well. The chip's price would likely be somewhere below $169, which is what AMD reportedly plans to charge for the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ after its anticipated July price cut. There's no word on specs, but HKEPC says the current OEM-only, Socket 939 version of the Athlon X2 3600+ runs at 2.0 GHz with 256 KB of cache per core.

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