AMD prepares low-cost dual core 3600+ processor

By Justin Mann on June 28, 2006, 10:23 AM
AMD has taken some heat in the past few years for the higher costs of their processors. They used to be known for being a great buy in terms of performance and value, but lately it seems they've been only about performance. Intel has released many popular desktop processors that have wedged themselves into a market that AMD formerly was champion of. An example is the dual-core 2.66GHz processor that Intel released, which went for sale well under $200, sometimes as low as $120. That price point typically put it at less than half the cost of the cheapest AMD offering. In comparison, AMD's cheapest X2 is the 3800+, a great CPU in terms of performance, though often sold for $300 or more in retail.

AMD isn't willing to let it slide, though, and is answering back with the AMD Athlon64 X2 3600+. This new CPU, operating 200MHz slower than the 3800+ and having half the L2 cache at 256kb per core, will be the lowest priced dual-core offering that AMD has. Rumors say it is set for release in Q4 2006, though that is not for sure. It's price range will likely compete with the lower cost Intel dual-core offerings, though exact pricing information is not yet available. Intel typically plans several price cuts throughout the year, and one of them is coming up at the end of July, and that price cut will see the Pentium D 805 dip below $100. It will be tough for AMD to beat that, but let's hope they can.

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crossfire851 said:
I think I read somewhere that it will be $180.
Kreuger said:
What about the price cuts coming in July. Isn't the X2 3800+ supposed to be cut in half (down to around $170) next month?
wild9 said:
IMO Intel had to release that low-cost CPU as a direct result of AMD's superiority in this sector..not because Intel had a product that was necessarily better.Intel can make good products, but historically has chosen to out-price those products and effectively restrict markets..AMD doesn't want to do this, because Intel can and will, adjust it's pricing accordingly the moment it feels the strain.Currently this immensely overhauled Intel production line is competing against AMD products that are a couple of years old (Athlon64); it's taken one heck of a step back to the drawing board for Intel, in order to achieve what looks like such favourable differences in performance and power consumption.Horses for courses. Sometimes Intel is in front, sometimes others and credit where credit is due. I still like AMD because they offer the kind of competition that was unheard of a few years ago, and now have the capability to mass-manufacture some spectacular hardware. I don't think AMD is gonna have such a hard time overhauling the Athlon64, as Intel did with the P4.
bookscholarship said:
Sweeeeeet :) Definitely will have to get one of these.[url][/url]
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