Monday, December 15, 2008

AMD Rolls Out The New Athlon X2 7000 Series

amd logoAMD has introduced a new set of "Kuma" based 65nm dual-core Athlon CPU's, the Athlon X2 7000 series. These new chips are basically 65nm Phenom (K10) processors with two of the four cores disabled.

The two CPUs in this budget series are the 2.7GHz Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition which will sell for about $79 and come with an unlocked multiplier and the 2.5GHz Athlon X2 7550, which will be OEM only. Both of the processors include a 256 Kbyte Level 1 data cache per processor, with a 512 Kbytes of L2 cache per core (for a total of 1 MB) and a shared L3 cache of 2 MB. The chips will also feature a new memory controller providing support for PC2-8500 (DDR2 1066 MHz). The chips will also sport a HyperTransport 3.0 3600 MT/s system interface.

Early reviews of the chips have shown a 10-15% overall gain over the previous generation Brisbane chip running at the same frequency. They've shown a little overclocking potential reaching as high as 3.3 ghz in a few cases. Overall the chips exhibit a fairly good price to performance ration making them a nice choice for the budget minded builder.

Early Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition Reviews

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