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Not so long ago we wrote about the whole bunch of new processors announced by Intel. Among the newcomers there were CPUs based on the new 90nm Prescott core, Northwood based CPU sped up to 3.4GHz and the second representative of the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition family working at 3.4GHz. This particular processor from Intel, Pentium 4 XE 3.4GHz selling for around $1000 and targeted for the extreme gaming market deserved the title of the fastest desktop processor.

Of course, a few allowances have been made before this processor actually got the title, because it failed to outperform AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 in the whole number of applications (mostly games). But nevertheless, AMD’s positions in the high-performance desktop market were shaken a little bit. AMD was surely unhappy with this state of things that is why they decided to strike back and to prove once and for all their superiority in high-performance CPU market. Today, on March 18, the first day of CeBIT international computer show, AMD is proud to announce their high-performance enthusiast solution – AMD Athlon FX-53.

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So, the new Athlon 64 FX-53 processor continues the AMD processor family for gaming enthusiasts, which started with the Athlon 64 FX-51 solution. The new processor will replace the predecessor. Starting today, Athlon 64 FX-51 stopped shipping. So, the price of the new Athlon 64 FX-53 will be the same, i.e. $733, which is much lower than the pricing of the alternative Intel’s solutions – Pentium 4 Extreme Edition CPUs.

There is no architectural difference between the current and the previous models of Athlon 64 FX. The new CPU should be used in the same mainboards equipped with a Socket 940, uses the same 800MHz HyperTransport bus and features the same dual-channel memory controller supporting Registered DDR SDRAM. For this reason we will not dwell on the architecture and peculiar features of the new CPU. All necessary info has already been reported to you in our AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 CPU Review.

I would like to particularly draw your attention to the distinguishing features of the new Athlon 64 F-53, different from the predecessor. First of all I would like to point out that this CPU acquired a higher model number due to its higher core clock frequency. While Athlon 64 FX-51 worked at 2.2GHz, the newcomer supports 2.4GHz. This is a very important thing because Athlon 64 FX-53 appears the first AMD processor, which managed to overcome the 2.2GHz frequency, which has long been not only technological but also a psychological barrier for AMD in a certain way. In fact, we have finally got evidence proving that the use of SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator) technology for Athlon 64 production finally started bearing some fruits. It is totally due to this particular technology that AMD managed to take off the 2.2GHz core clock, which was the maximum for the previous Athlon XP processor family manufactured with the same 0.13micron process but without SOI technology involved.

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