Awaiting Athlon 64 3400+ with 512KB L2 cache
It seems AMD decided not to fanfare the new Athlon 64 announcements. About a week ago it updated the price lists with AMD Athlon 64 2800+ (1.8GHz, 512KB L2 cache, CG stepping, $178 in over 1,000-unit quantities), and now, according to various sources, the company prepares to ship Athlon 64 3400+ processors. It´s interesting that unlike models marked ADA3400AEP5AP and ADA3400AEP5AR (2.2GHz and 1MB L2 cache), the novelty is marked ADA3400AEP4AX stating 2.4GHz clock rate (like the recently announced AMD Athlon FX-53 had) and L2 cache halved to 512KB.
Well, the Newcastle expansion was to start anyway. It was just a question of clock rates. According to the information published in AMD Athlon 64 Processor Data Sheet (February 19, 2004), Athlon 64 chips will even have 256KB L2 (by the way, doesn´t AMD want to revive the good old Duron? Duron 64, isn´t it nice? :)
It seems the new Athlon 64 3400+ (ADA3400AEP4AX; 2.4GHz and 512KB L2 cache) will perform similar to the previous 2.2GHz/1MB L2 model. And at the moment we are just expecting at least 6 new Socket 754 Athlon 64 models:
- Athlon 64 2800+: 1,8GHz, 512KB L2
- Athlon 64 3000+: 2.0GHz, 512KB L2
- Athlon 64 3200+: 2.2GHz, 512KB L2
- Athlon 64 3400+: 2.4GHz, 512KB L2
- Athlon 64 3200+: 2.0GHz, 1MB L2
- Athlon 64 2800+: 2.2GHz, 1MB L2
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