AMD moves AM2 launch forwards

Written by Tim Smalley

April 20, 2006 | 12:15

Tags: #64 #754 #939 #am2 #athlon #ddr2 #launch #move #performance #socket

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Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers have confirmed that AMD has moved its socket AM2 date forwards by two weeks to May 23rd.

Socket AM2 is AMD's move to DDR2 memory and will act as the replacement for Socket 939 and Socket 754. It comes almost two years after Intel's move to LGA775, DDR2 and of course, PCI-Express.

It's safe to say that DDR2 has started to mature and AMD feels that it is the right time to make that move. However, recent benchmarks suggest that AM2 will not deliver a massive performance improvement over the company's current processors.

There will be a new flagship processor coming from AMD that will (not surprisingly) be known as Athlon 64 FX-62. Also, AMD will launch a top-to-bottom lineup of dual core socket AM2 processors on D-Day, but there is no sign of any of AMD's single core processors making the move.

That doesn't come as much of a surprise to us because it became apparent that AMD was ready to embrace a top-to-bottom dual core lineup in January when the company launched its flagship Athlon 64 FX-60.

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