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AMD releases Phenom-based Athlon X2 7000 chips

updated 07:45 am EST, Mon December 15, 2008

AMD Athlon X2 7000

AMD on Monday catered to the budget set with a new, faster version of the Athlon X2. The 7000 series is the first based directly on the "Stars" architecture used for Phenom chips and carries both a 2MB smart Level 3 cache absent on previous Athlons and a faster 3.6GHz HyperTransport bus (up from 2GHz), all of which are said contribute to better performance per clock. The switch from quad-core to dual-core and a smaller 1MB Level 2 cache appear the only concessions in the name of price.

The 64-bit processor is relatively power-hungry compared to most Athlons and uses 95W of power; AMD positions it as faster and greener than the company's previous best 3GHz Athlon X2 6000, which consumes 125W.

A single publicly available model, the Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition, comes in at 2.7GHz and should be ready today at a price of $79 in large batches. A second, non-Black Edition model is clocked at 2.5GHz and intended only to ship to PC makers. AMD hasn't said which systems if any are shipping with either of the new processors.

by MacNN Staff



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