by Anton Shilov
03/20/2006 | 11:56 PM
Advanced Micro Devices has quietly published specifications for its yet unannounced microprocessor called AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+. The chip has not been released and is even not listed in the roadmaps, so, the processor may actually be available only for some select customers of AMD.
Document titled “AMD Athlon 64 Processor Power and Thermal Data Sheet” lists AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor for socket 939 and claims that it has 2600MHz core-clock and 2MB of cache (1MB per core) – exactly the same specifications as compared to AMD Athlon 64 FX-60. On the page 81 of the same document the chip is described as 2600MHz processor with 1MB of cache (512KB per core).
Given that AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ is a 2400MHz chip with 2MB cache, it is more likely that the second set of specifications is more correct, noted OverClockers.ru web-site, as AMD processors usually benefit more from higher clock-speeds, rather than from larger caches.
No roadmap of AMD seen by X-bit labs indicated that AMD was going to release its Athlon 64 model 5000+ for 939-pin infrastructure, but AMD is known for launching chips specifically for its select clients, for instance, it supplies Sun with the so-called Opteron SE chips that work faster than those shipping to others, also, it also once shipped Athlon XP 3200+ with 2.33GHz clock-speed and 333MHz processor system bus (official specs were 2.20GHz and 400MHz bus) to HP. AMD also had tested its Athlon 64 4200+ chip with partners, but the processor never reached retail.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.