AMD to Unleash Athlon 64 FX-55 Processor in May?

AMD's Most Powerful 2004 Chip to Show Up in Q2?

Advanced Micro Devices is grouping its forces to attack its arch-rival Intel Corporation with new and powerful processors about a quarter earlier than it originally planned. AnandTech reports that according to a recent roadmap, AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 clocked at 2.40GHz processors will come out this month, while the Athlon 64 FX-55 chip with 2.60GHz frequency will show up as early as in May. The latter microprocessor was originally scheduled for Q4 2004, but is reported to be unleashed in the late Q2 2004.

AMD Athlon FX microprocessors are positioned as top of the line offerings from Advanced Micro Devices. While the architecture of the Athlon 64 FX is the same compared to the Athlon 64, e.g. the chips can execute the same software, including 64-bit software, the chips feature large 1MB level-two cache as well as dual-channel memory controller, bringing some additional speed bumps for the chips that cost above $700.

News source: X-Bit Labs

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