We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Cheaper dual-core Athlons on the way

More cores for less cash

AMD has started shipping an Athlon 64 X2 processor that is considerably cheaper than its previous dual-core chips, it announced today.

The company hopes to bring dual-core computing to the mainstream consumer, it said, although the new processor is still aimed primarily at PC enthusiasts and those who run multiple processor-intensive applications simultaneously.

The Athlon 64 X2 3800+ is available to PC makers for $354 (about £200) in bulk purchases of 1,000 or more. The chips started shipping today and will be in shops shortly, according to Mari Hayashi, an AMD spokeswoman in Tokyo.

Dual-core chips are the latest innovation from AMD and its main rival, Intel. They contain two processor cores on a single piece of silicon, and each processor can handle tasks such as editing video and burning discs independently, improving overall performance, according to the chip makers.

AMD's initial dual-core line-up, announced in May, was considerably more expensive than the 3800+ chip. The top end 4800+ model was priced at $1,001 (about £565) for volume purchases and the least expensive 4200+ processor cost $537 (about £300), the company said at the time.

The 3800+ is cheaper because it run at a lower frequency, Hayashi said. Both run at 2GHz, compared to 2.2GHz for the 4200+, she said.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals UK: Get bargains on phones, tablets, laptops and more this Black...

IDG UK Sites

Tomorrow's World today (or next year)

IDG UK Sites

25 iOS apps turn (Red) for World AIDS Day campaign

IDG UK Sites

Advanced tips for Mac OS X Yosemite: use Yosemite like an expert - 5 new tips added