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New AMD Desktop Processors for High-End and Low-Power

Both performance-hungry and energy-conscious users being served

February 20, 2007 - Today, AMD introduced three new processors for the desktop. The Energy Efficient Athlon 64 3500+ and 3800+ are single-core processors, aimed at consumers focusing on performance-per-Watt and saving energy. The high-end Athlon 64 X2 6000+ is the next step for power users on a Socket AM2 system.

Manufacturing Process

The new 3500+ and 3800+ processors (step level G1) run at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz, respectively, and are manufactured in AMD's new 65 nm technology. Both fit a 45 W power envelope now, while their 90 nm predecessors had a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 62 W.

The 6000+ on the other hand, is still being manufactured in the old 90 nm process. Even though the F3 stepping of the Windsor architecture comes with improvements in power usage, the processor consumes up to 125 W.

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