AMD readies first 65nm based Athlons

By Justin Mann on December 5, 2006, 11:25 AM
Following the earlier timeline that was announced last month, AMD has begun to ship the first 65nm process Athlons. Gearing up for a revival launch of the X2 beginning next year, AMD will be supplying the processors to PC manufacturers as a more energy efficient, cooler X2.

AMD expects the crossover to 65nm technology to be well under way in the first quarter of next year and to have full conversion by the end of 2007. "There's greater power savings with 65 nanometer," said Tina Brown, desktop product marketing manager at AMD. "It allows users to have a cooler and quieter experience."
The X2 already distinguished itself as a power friendly processor compared to its rival when it was initially released, but since the release of Core it has taken a backseat. Now with a reduction in process, TDP of these CPUs will drop even further. This may even give AMD headroom to offer faster clocked processors. We can even expect to see price cuts in the costly X2 as older parts are moved out and newer parts have lowered production costs.

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mirob said:
Seems not one enthusiast has been able to get a hold of one. I would think AMD would send some to review sites--if power consumption is all that much lower. Maybe they are afraid of something?
steinitz101 said:
i tend to agree with you there. i tried to get some specs from the amd about the new processors. earlier i was told that amd does not comment on unreleased products. even after the launch however, all i got was this link.[url]
ion/0,,30_118_9485_13041%5E13043,00.html[/url]this would allow for better processing at reduced power consumption levels. you could justify them not releasing data about unfinished products, but no benchmarks even after product launch. there's something amiss here.
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