AMD have officially launched two new processors today which extend upon their X2 dual-core and budget focused Sempron lineups.
The new Athlon 64 X2 3800+ comes in at the bottom end of the X2 range, providing a more cost-friendly option for those wanting to go dual-core, and operating at 2GHz (x2). There's a few hardware sites out there with reviews on this new gem, as per the below linkies :-
Also released today is the latest processor to be a part of AMD's budget Sempron lineup. The new Sempron 3400+ operates at 2GHz with 256KB of L2 cache, and its most noteworthy attribute being that of 64-bit extensions. Once again, there's a number of sites out there which have checked this new puppy out today :-
Be sure to check back for more links as they come to light folks.
WHEN WE FIRST reviewed the Athlon 64 X2 processor a few months back, we said that it was an outstanding CPU, but we wished out loud for AMD to start selling a 2GHz version of the X2 at a lower price. After all, we argued, Intel's Pentium D 820 is a killer deal at just under $250, while the least expensive Athlon 64 X2 costs over twice that. Sure, the X2's performance might well justify the price premium, but we'll take more for our money when we can get it.
Today, our wish is fulfilled in the form of the Athlon 64 X2 3800+, a dual-core processor running at 2GHz with 512K of L2 cache per core. AMD has priced this baby at $354-significantly less than any of its other dual-core products. It doesn't take a Ph.D. in computer engineering to figure out that the X2 3800+ ought to offer a very potent combo of price and performance.