AMD to simplify product line

Written by Tim Smalley

June 15, 2006 | 12:44

Tags: #4000 #4800 #64 #athlon #fx #line #product #x2

Companies: #amd

AMD has confirmed that it is set to simplify its product lineup over the next few months.

Products including the Athlon 64 X2 4800+, X2 4400+ and X2 4000+ - which all come with 1MB L2 cache per core - will be discontinued, according to a report on HardOCP.

AMD's product lineup has become increasingly confusing over the past few years with a lot of overlapping specifications. Typically, chips with 512KB L2 cache per core are only slightly faster than a chip clocked some 200MHz slower with 1MB L2 cache per core.

AMD's flagship Athlon 64 FX chips will still continue to ship with 1MB of L2 cache per core, and an unlocked multiplier. This will enable the company to re-focus its Athlon 64 FX processors and hopefully increase sales of the chips, too.

In some ways it is a good thing, but many enthusiasts have opted for the larger cache with a lower core speed, as there is always the option to overclock the lower-clocked chip.

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