Athlon 64 3000+ soon?

Those who have been waiting for cheaper Athlon 64 processors may finally get their wish next week. The Inquirer is reporting that AMD is close to releasing the Athlon 64 3000+ at 1.8GHz. The chip will apparently retain a full 1MB of L2 cache and retail for less than $225. Considering that the 2.0GHz Athlon 64 3200+ sells for just under $400 online, a sub-$225 3000+ could certainly speed the adoption of AMD's new 64-bit processors in mid-range markets. Keep your fingers crossed for this one, folks.

Update - AMDZone has information suggesting the Athlon 64 3000+ may be a 2.0GHz chip with 512KB of L2 cache. It seems a little odd that AMD would go through the trouble of disabling half the Athlon 64's cache rather than simply lowering the chip's multiplier, but AMD may be binning chips more due to cache defects than clock speed deficiencies.

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