If you have a secret don’t tell the motherboard manufacturers, they tend to blab. If you make CPUs however, you don’t have that luxury and we’re pleased about that because these gossip queens have detailed AMD’s plans to introduce a much cheaper X2.
August is said to be the arrival time for the company’s next dual core processor. It will be clocked at 3800+ and cost $345, significantly cheaper than the $373 price tag of its 3800+ single core processors. Importantly, it is also nearly $200 less than the slowest of the current crop of X2’s (the $537 4200+) making it a far more viable option for mainstream users.
Just how AMD is managing to price its dual core processors lower than equivalently clocked single cores is a mystery, but it is a welcome surprise this early in the X2 lifetime. One thing is for sure though: the company is clearly determined to move customers over to this new technology as quickly as possible and for that it has to be applauded.
Of course, the cynics would say AMD simply sees dual core as a new area where it can make sizeable inroads into Intel’s market share and it is prepared to cut margins to do so. But either way, it’s a win/win situation for consumers.
In related news, the company’s 64bit Semprons begin shipping today. The technology switch, confirmed last month, will see 2600+, 2800+, 3000+, 3100+ and 3300+ models priced at $74, $83, $98, $113 and $140 respectively.