Athlon 64 3400+ spotted on the web

The Inquirer has a picture of what appears to be an Athlon 64 3400+. It's been nearly two months since AMD first released the Athlon 64, so it's probably safe to assume that a faster version of the chip will be coming along eventually. The real question, however, is whether AMD will drop the price of its Athlon 64 3200+ to make room for the faster chip. It doesn't look like AMD will be releasing slower speed grades of its Athlon 64 any time soon, if at all, so a price cut on the Athlon 64 3200+ may be our best bet for a 64-bit desktop bargain.

If Athlon 64 prices continue to stay high, enthusiasts itching to get at AMD64 may want to consider single-processor Opteron 1xx systems. While the 2GHz Athlon 64 3200+ is selling for $388 online, the 1.8GHz Opteron 144 is only $270. The Opteron requires registered memory, but it's also packing a dual-channel memory controller, so it might be a better deal overall.

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