AMD quietly intros Athlon 64 X2 'Black Edition'

Here's an interesting one for you. Following its introduction in Tokyo last week, the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ processor is making its official debut on these shores today. However, you won't see a review here at TR, nor presumably at most other places around the web. AMD has elected not to supply samples of this product to reviewers, and, well, you can probably guess why that might be. Why trigger a wave of reviews showing the competition to be faster?

Yet AMD has seen fit to introduce the product. The Athlon 64 X2 6400+ runs at 3.2GHz, has 1MB of L2 cache per core, and lists for $239. The chip is built using AMD's 90nm fab process and has a thermal rating of 125W.

Amusingly, the X2 6400+ is labeled the "Black Edition" and comes in a fittingly black box, presumably to help it sneak past unsuspecting reviewers who might otherwise snag one and subject it to benchmarks. The box will contain only a processor—no cooler—and will be sold only into the channel, not by PC makers.

One can imagine how the X2 6400+ might stack up against the competition from Intel, including the Core 2 Quad Q6600 for well under 300 bucks. Nevertheless, we'll perhaps see about acquiring a Black Edition processor for review, if there's sufficient interest.

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