AMD has released the first dual core processor in its Athlon 64 FX line, the FX-60. Clocked at 2.6GHz, the new flagship desktop processor uses the Toledo core, which features 1MB L2 cache on each core. Preliminary reviews show the processor to be a decent overclocker, with average overclocks reaching 2.8-2.9GHz. Like all processors in the FX line the FX-60 has an unlocked multiplier which allows for more freedom when it comes to front side bus adjustments.
While the clock speed is 200MHz slower than the last single-core FX, the FX-57, the dual core design helps increase multitasking performance and speed up tasks such as audio and video encoding. Gaming performance with current titles falls behind the FX-57s sheer clock speed advantage, but once game designers implement better threading procedures we can expect that to change.
Flagship processors from both AMD and Intel typically enter the market at $1,000 or more, and the FX-60 is no exception. At post time, Newegg.coms price is $1,399.00.