AMD is sticking to its promise to ship 65nm processors before the end of 2006. The more energy-efficient chips, code-named Brisbane, will be available in limited quantities as dual-core Athlon 64 X2 5000+, 4800+, 4400+ and 4000+ versions. These will be joined by more powerful 90nm models: 5400+ (2.8GHz, 1 MB L2 cache), 5600+ (2.8GHz, 2 MB L2 cache) and 6000+ (3GHz, 2 MB L2 cache).
The roadmap, which was presented to European resellers, confirms that AMD’s 65nm procs will perform at faster clock speeds, but remain at current power consumption levels. However, the AMD plans didn’t mention the launch of its 4×4 platform that lets system builders use two X2 processors on one motherboard to compete with Intel’s upcoming quad-core CPUs.
As we discussed earlier, the launch of so many processors this year has led to some heavy pricing competition between Intel and AMD. We can only guess what kind of effect dumping even more chips on the market will have on the race for performance/pricing supremacy. For once, it looks like the consumer might come out on top.
AMD to release first 65 nm processors in December [TG Daily]