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Perhaps, considerably later than expected, but Advanced Micro Devices, the world’s second largest maker of x86 microprocessors, has quietly released its first dual-core AMD Sempron central processing unit (CPU). The chips will be initially available only in China, but it will hardly take long before they emerge in other countries and regions.

The first AMD Sempron processor with two processing engines is made using 65nm process technology and operates at 1.80GHz, reports DigiTimes web-site. The chip retails for about $55, which is below the price of the fastest single-core AMD Sempron LE 1300 microprocessor that operates at 2.30GHz, has 256KB of L2 cache and is priced at $69 in business quantities.

Intel Corp. unveiled its first Intel Celeron central processing units with two cores back in January ’08, however, for quite some time the world’s largest maker of x86 CPUs has been shipping dual-core Intel Pentium D and Intel Core 2 Duo processors at truly affordable price-points. On the other hand, AMD has been offering its AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ processor for $68 for some time now.

It is a natural trend for desktop microprocessors to gain the number of cores as more and more software developers tend to optimize their applications to take advantage of multiple processing engines.

Officials from AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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don't they have the Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz. retailing for 59.99 ?

How is the spempron a better buy?
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Keep in mind, the $55 figure is after going from Chinese Yuan to US Dollars. Prices also tend to change a bit from country to country. Europe, in general, has been getting shafted lately. China may be no different.
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Even if the difference is 20 dollars, how is this news? If you can not afford an extra 10 to 20 dollars you do not need a new machine. You get a used hand me down.
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anyone know if this uses socket 754? got an old athlon 64 3200 i wanna upgrade but cant cause they changed to socket 939 then 940 to fast
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Got $200? In the mood for some OverClocKING fun?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116037
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231121
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