TR issues Amber Alert for Athlon X2 BE-series CPUs

We reviewed the new low-power Athlon X2 BE-2350 processor two weeks ago, one day after its formal launch. You may recall the story we told in that article about the almost total unavailability of that CPU’s predecessor, a variant of the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ with a 35W TDP (power and heat) rating, in U.S. distribution channels. The new BE-2350 and its cohort, the BE-2300, were intended to replace this older chip, and their slightly higher 45W TDP ratings were supposed to ensure broader availability by making them distinct from high-demand parts like the Turion 64 X2. In fact, AMD told us to expect availability of the Athlon X2 BE-series processors immediately upon their launch.

AMD has fallen rather spectacularly short of that goal. As of today, we can’t find a single BE-2300 or BE-2350 processor listed in online price search engines or at major vendors like Newegg.

When we contacted AMD to inquire about this problem, a company spokesman told us parts are available in Korea and Japan and pointed us to sites like this one that would seem to list a BE-2350 CPU for sale. The spokesman told us to expect to see these processors for sale at Newegg “in about a week or so.”


We shall see about that. This is, of course, the same old story we followed with the 35W Athlon 64 X2 3800+ for months on end. The CPUs were always going somewhere, usually to large PC makers, but never into distribution in North America. For the time being, U.S. sales channels remain devoid of a product launched two weeks ago with a promise of broad and immediate availability, and we remain perplexed about why AMD consistently seems to promise low-power parts in volumes it cannot consistently deliver.

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    • Pax-UX
    • 13 years ago

    I preffered AMD when they had hot parts!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 13 years ago

      heh, i preferred AMD when they had parts at all.

    • gratuitous
    • 13 years ago
      • Damage
      • 13 years ago

      Top six links show out of stock status, if you look. Feel free to check the rest.

      • Pettytheft
      • 13 years ago

      Out of stock on those links.

      • smilingcrow
      • 13 years ago

      “Looks available to me? (Unless I’m reading that wrong…?)”

      I clicked on the top six and none of them have stock.

      I think these will turn up soon as they aren’t like the phantom 35W X2 EE SFF which had a hell of a low TDP for a 90nm dual core desktop.
      45W for a 65nm dual core isn’t that big a deal. If you’re impatient just buy the 65W version and under-volt, that’s all AMD seem to do. This wasn’t the case with the 35W chips which were cherry picked; I think they got one cherry per tree. 🙂

        • gratuitous
        • 13 years ago
          • Hance
          • 13 years ago

          WTF good does it do to order when they are out of stock and it might be weeks until they get them. AMD said you would be able to buy one on launch day. OUT OF STOCK is the same thing as we dont have them

            • gratuitous
            • 13 years ago
    • Oldtech
    • 13 years ago

    I think using the ‘Amber Alert’ headline for a CPU is being rather insensitive. It’s for kids.

    Oldtech

      • pureevilmatt
      • 13 years ago

      Those damn dirty OEMs are molesting our retail CPUs!

        • Reldey
        • 13 years ago

        yeah thats a bit drastic. This report seems a bit biased as far as things go for just a measly one week delay,,,

          • cobalt
          • 13 years ago

          It sounds like they promised they would be available two weeks ago at launch, and now it sounds no sooner than one week from now. Granted, maybe not worthy of alarmist reactions, but we’re looking at at least three weeks off the claim of initial availability.

      • mirkin
      • 13 years ago

      It would seem that these folks don’t know that an Amber Alert is for a kid who have been abducted – named after a young girl named Amber … who was killed.

      Not the sort of extra-chromosomal behavior we’ve come to expect around here.

        • UberGerbil
        • 13 years ago

        1500 people died on the Titanic, including women and children. Yet nobody seems to mind when everybody and their brother makes light-hearted references to it with regard to the Itanium.

          • swaaye
          • 13 years ago

          Calling Itanium “Itanic” was/is just referring to its monster size.

          edit: well, ok, I guess it refers to the “sinking ship” aspect of the project, too.

      • evermore
      • 13 years ago

      I’m extremely rarely offended by anything, but the title bothered me too. At first I only saw “Amber Alert” peripherally and momentarily thought a TR staffer’s child might be missing.

      Maybe issue an APB for a CPU. Or something else not related to such a painful and horrific issue.

      Not that this is really “news” I think, at least not major news. Plenty of products get announced, released, then only show up in stores much later. And we haven’t learned anything we couldn’t have guessed anyway.

        • zockt
        • 13 years ago

        I’ve got to agree, Scott really needs to stop throwing “Amber Alert” around like that. It’s not appropriate, and I think it’s downright insensitive.

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    I can’t believe I’ve not touched an AMD system for like six months now. 1999-2006 rip AMDg{<.<}g 🙁

      • Vrock
      • 13 years ago

      RIP AMD? Come on.

        • blastdoor
        • 13 years ago

        If Barcelona flops, it will be AMD RIP.

          • melvz90
          • 13 years ago

          amen to that….

    • Reldey
    • 13 years ago

    meh, just a one week wait? cant be too hard on em.

    • SGT Lindy
    • 13 years ago

    Is that the fat lady singing?

    • Sumache
    • 13 years ago

    Looks like they picked up on ATi’s habits.

      • danazar
      • 13 years ago

      This is merger-based synergy from aligning their corporate goals. They kept having to delay the Barcelona to keep pace with R600…

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    This just in: AMD falls short of another goal.

      • melvz90
      • 13 years ago

      as usual.. another disappointment…

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