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AMD releases "budget" dual-core CPU, drops prices

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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050801-5155.html
AMD's recent dual-core Athlon releases have been noteworthy as much for their high price as they have been for their performance. While the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ took Intel's best out behind the cafeteria, beat it up, and took its lunch money, it was also expensive, coming in at US$1,001 per CPU in quantities of 1,000 at its release. By way of contrast, the new budget Athlon 64 X2 3800+ is a comparative bargain at US$354.

If the 3800+ moniker rings a bell, that's because AMD already has a single-core, 2.4GHz 64-bit processor with the 3800+ description (for about US$25 less). Architectually, the new X2 3800+ is most similar to the Athlon 64 X2 4200+. It shares the same 512KB L2 cache as the the 4200+, but is clocked at 2.0GHz instead of 2.2GHz. It also uses AMD's HyperTransport technology and sports DDR controllers for each core. The release of the 3800+ also marks the full transition of AMD's processor fabrication to the 90nm process.

At least the high end of AMD's product line is getting a bit cheaper, as the chip maker also announced some sweeping price cuts across the whole product line. The aforementioned 4800+ has dropped to US$902, while its fastest single-core CPU, the Athlon 64 4000+ dropped from US$480 to US$375. AMD has also reshuffled the Opteron lineup, dropping the 140 and 240, while dropping prices as well. Last of all, the company dropped the Mobile Athlon 64 CPU in favor of the Turion.

All in all, it's a nice price drop for AMD fans, and the release of the low-cost, dual-core 3800+ might prove attractive to consumers who are looking for dual-core performance but are scared off by the relatively high prices. Could the new offering find its way into this month's Ars System Guide?
Personally I don't think they will be worth it, but someone here might be interested.
 

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dull_bullet said:
I don't see much of a price difference....
Well, the point is, this is the first dual core cpu to ship for under $500. There isn't much price difference between the single core 3800 and dual core though.
 

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I'm sorry for sounding like a complete idiot, but what does a dual core do?
 

Jung

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Dual core is just dual cpus on a single die. So essentially it's like having a dual processor system, but with only one cpu socket, one bank of ram and one HSF/fan.
 

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Dual core is just dual cpus on a single die. So essentially it's like having a dual processor system, but with only one cpu socket, one bank of ram and one HSF/fan.
Yarr, ahoy mateys! I ran dual XP 2600+'s for a while but they turned out to be unstable Asian pirates, and I give ye a big FUCK YOU to bzboys.com!

Yarr! Ye do business with bzboys, ye get it in the arse!

But thy shall certainly look into AMD's new dual cores for thy be upgrading in time for Unreal Tournament 2007!
 
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eh.. i dunno..maybe.. maybe not.. I dont see the point of getting one though.. dont think it'll do much more than my CPU already does
 

Jung

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eh.. i dunno..maybe.. maybe not.. I dont see the point of getting one though.. dont think it'll do much more than my CPU already does
It would depend on what CPU you have now. Unless you're already running a higher end Athlon 64, FX or Opteron, you would stand to see significant improvement in performance with the X2 line. Although probably not from the 'budget' 3800. (more on that later)

In multi-threaded applications, dual core splits the work load across the processors, so work is done much more efficiently. Dual core/SMP is awesome when it comes to heavy multi-tasking. Granted, most games aren't multi-threaded, but I'm sure everyone does more than gaming. Still, regardless of dual core, these are some of the fastest CPUs on the market today, aside from the Opterons and FX series.

Not to mention that it's 64 bit, doesn't use an archaic FSB and has an on-chip memory controller.

http://www.techreport.com/reviews/2005q2/athlon64-x2/index.x?pg=5
Look at the X2 4800's performance; it's fucking amazing, and completely puts Intel's offerings(read: feeble attempts) to shame!


Edit: Now with visual aids.


Btw, to clarify my earlier post. I only think the dual core 3800 is pointless, because it's slower in single threaded applications (read: games) than a single core 3800, but costs $25 more. This is because the dual core 3800's cores are actually slower than the single core 3800s.
 

MaxPower

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Descent said:
Yarr, ahoy mateys! I ran dual XP 2600+'s for a while but they turned out to be unstable Asian pirates, and I give ye a big FUCK YOU to bzboys.com!