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 only.

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