AMD quietly intros Athlon 64 X2 5200+

The Athlon 64 X2 line got a little bigger today, although AMD is being unusually quiet about the expansion. The company has introduced a new Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor that shares the Athlon 64 X2 5000+'s 2.6GHz clock speed but doubles the amount of L2 cache from 512KB per core to 1MB per core. The added cache earns the new chip a $102 markup to $403 in AMD's price list, which places it well above Intel's Core 2 Duo E6600. Considering the Intel contender is often faster than AMD's 2.8GHz/1MB Athlon 64 FX-62 in our testing, we can't blame AMD for not making much of a fuss about the new chip.

We should also point out that the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ is currently quite scarce and that online retailers often charge more than double the listed $301 price for it. AMD's ability to offer the new Athlon 64 X2 5200+ in volume remains to be seen. In a press release announcing the new chip, AMD seems to tie the Athlon 64 X2 5200+'s introduction to the launch of HP's dc5750 business PC, which will include the new chip.

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