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Advanced Micro Devices is rumoured to launch its new processor targeted at gamers and enthusiasts on the 27th of June, 2005. The new chip is proclaimed to be not only faster compared to the predecessor, but is also likely to have “sanctioned” overclocking potential, according to The Inquirer web-site.

AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor will operate at 2.80GHz, contain 1MB of level-two cache and built-in dual-channel PC3200 DDR memory controller. AMD reportedly claimed that it would “actively promote the FX processor as an overclocking processor”. While the company did not elaborate on the matter, it indicated that it was going to “provide a list of overclocking possibilities”. AMD’s Athlon 64 FX-57 will also come with unlocked multiplier.

The Athlon 64 FX-57 is to be made using 90nm fabrication processor and be based on the core code-named San Diego. The chip is designed for Socket 939 infrastructure and will likely have TDP of about 105W.

According to some unofficial information, AMD’s Athlon 64 FX-57 processor at 2.80GHz made using 90nm Silicon-on-Insulator process technology, was planned to be released in Q2 2005. Before that AMD was rumoured to launch single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors with model numbers 4200+ and 4400+. Instead, AMD has changed its plans and went out with a number of dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors.

The Sunnyvale, California-based chipmaker said that starting from now dual-core chips will be mostly aimed for workstations, whereas high-speed single-core AMD Athlon 64 FX products will be aimed at gamers. The company believes desktop dual-core chips will especially benefit the so-called professional consumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications simultaneously. Games, however, do not necessarily benefit from dual-core chips and given their lower clock-speed compared to single-core processors, they deliver lower performance.

AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 is projected to be priced at around $1040.

Advanced Micro Devices did not comment on the news-story.


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