AMD's dual core kimono falls fully open

@ 2005/04/21
SO, JUST WHAT IS AMD launching today? Several things, dual core Opterons, dual core Athlon 64s, and Turions for real.
Over the past few months, we have told you all about the Opterons, their pricing and the availability, and a few days ago, we told you the same for Athlon 64s. There are a few juicy bits left, and here they are, in no particular order.

First up is the Opterons. The 8xx series, 865/870/875 are the ones that AMD is actually going to be shipping today, the 2xx will follow in a month or so. Other than that everything is as we said. They fit in the power envelope of the current chips, and if your board supports 1GHz HT, there is a really good chance your server can take one of these, but it will probably need a BIOS upgrade. The new chips also have the same thermal envelopes as the older single cores.

The more interesting introductions are the dual Athlon 64s. There are four models: The 4200+, 4400+, 4600+ and, wait for it, the 4800+. These are 2.2GHz frequency processors with 2x512K cache for $537, and the same with 2x1MB for $581. A 2.4GHz CPU with 2x512 cache will set you back $803, and $1001 for 2x1MB. Is the $1001 just a random number, or is AMD playing numerical games? I vote games. Either way, they should be available starting in June.

Last up is a technical note. There have been some questions about the ability of each core to run at separate speeds. This won't happen on the current generation parts, while Cool and Quiet does work on the A64 and Opteron, it does not work independently for each core. Look for this and other power goodies in the S1207 parts next year.

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