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AMD Athlon 64 3800+ officially announced

AMD announced its new Athlon 64 3800+ (Socket 939) processor made using 130nm process technology. The 2.4GHz novelty supports 1GHz HyperTransport (up to 8GB/s throughput) and features dual-channel memory controller and 512KB of L2 cache, halved comparing to that of Athlon FX-53. At the moment, this processor is supported by VIA K8T800 Pro, NVIDIA nForce 3 Pro 250, and SiS755, so there´s enough boards already:

It´s clear that this list will be significantly longer with time, and we´ll be informing you on the new products, of course.

Athlon 64 FX-53 Athlon 64 3800+
Process 130nm
Platform Socket 940 Socket 939
Clock rate 2400MHz
L1 cache 128KB
L2 cache 1024KB 512KB
Memory controller Dual-chanel
Memory supported registered DDR400 DDR400
HyperTransport 1x 6.4GB/s 1x 8GB/s
Transistors 105 million 68.5 million

As for the max. power consumption of 3800+, it´s expected to be 89W the same as that of Athlon FX-53. In other words, there´s a possibility of using coolers with the same latches. And though some testers say that Athlon FX-53 coolers don´t fit Socket 939 perfectly, we in our lab use Thermaltake Venus 11+ without any problems.

Speaking of prices, these are actually only rumours. According to the latest information from Planet3DNow.de, Athlon 64 wholesale prices will be about $720 for Athlon 64 3800+ and about $500 for Athlon 64 3500+.

More details on this processor and its prospects are available in our (timely:) article.

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