4x4 kits, 65nm Athlons to come by Christmas?

A new AMD roadmap snagged by Dutch site Tweakers.net suggests AMD will have no less than a dozen new processors out (translate here) in time for the holiday season, including Athlon 64 X2 chips based on 65nm process technology. According to the roadmap, the 65nm Athlon 64 X2s will launch in December and include 4000+, 4400+, 4800+, and 5000+ models with the same clock speeds and cache sizes as their 90nm predecessors. If this roadmap is correct, AMD will be filling the gaps left in the current 90nm lineup by the discontinued X2 chips with 1MB of cache per core and the scarcely-available Athlon 64 X2 5000+.

The roadmap also says AMD will launch three new 90nm Athlon 64 FX processors intended for 4x4 dual-processor systems "in time for Christmas." The chips will have FX-70, FX-72, and FX-74 model names and clock speeds of 2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, and 3.0GHz, respectively, all with 1MB of cache per core. These new processors will reportedly sell only in dual-CPU bundles that pop into the same sockets as AMD's new Opterons, suggesting 4x4 systems may be closely related to Opteron workstations. The roadmap doesn't list any prices, but AMD itself has said the cheaper 4x4 dual-CPU kits will cost "well under $1,000."

Finally, the roadmap says AMD will launch two new 90nm Sempron processors in October and three new 90nm Athlon 64 X2s in November. The new X2s will have 5400+, 5600+, and 6000+ model numbers and will run between 2.8GHz and 3.0GHz. Thanks to The Inquirer for the link.

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