AMD readies Athlon 64 FX-64, more 65 W chips
AMD may not be planning to sit by idly after the release of Intel's Core
2 Duo later this month. According to sources quoted by HKEPC, a new
Athlon 64 FX-64 will join
AMD's lineup some time in the fourth quarter
. The chip will be
clocked at 3 GHz, the sources say, and it will sport the same 1 MB of
cache per core and 125 W power rating as the current Athlon 64 FX-62.
Additionally, AMD reportedly plans to introduce an Athlon 64 X2 5200+
and offer 65 W "Energy Efficient" variants of both this new chip and the
existing Athlon 64 X2 5000+ during this quarter. HKEPC's sources claim
the X2 5200+ will be clocked at 2.6 GHz with 1 MB of cache per core,
which would be an odd move from AMD considering it is scrapping
its current 1 MB Athlon 64 X2
chips in order to consolidate its lineup.
Nonetheless, on the price front, HKEPC says the Athlon 64 FX-64 is
expected to hit shelves with a $1,031 price tag, pushing the present
FX-62 down to $999. Meanwhile, the current 89 W flavor of the Athlon 64
X2 5000+ will drop down to $403, and a 65 W version will appear at $465.
As for the Athlon 64 X2 5200+, it will launch at $541 with a 65 W rating