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