“AMD celebrates its 40 year anniversary next month, and the Athlon brand turns ten shortly thereafter. What better way to celebrate than by releasing a rebadged 65nm Phenom processor with two cores disabled at $69? Er, or, I guess they could’ve sent a cake.
It’s called the Athlon X2 7850 and it actually has very little in common with the old Athlon 64 X2s. As I mentioned, these are rebadged 65nm Phenom processors with two cores disabled.”
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD Athlon X2 7850: Phenom-derived power @ HEXUS
- AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE @ Bjorn3D
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Processor Review @ ThinkComputers
- AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition AM2 Kuma Processor @ BmR
- AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition AM2+ CPU Review @ OCC
- Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition @ Neoseeker
- AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE @ Guru of 3D
- AMD Phenom II 955 X4 Black Edition @ LostCircuits
- AMD Phenom II X4 955 – A Timely Upgrade @ Hardware Zone
- All Athlon 64 Models @ Hardware Secrets
- Phenom II Buyers Guide: 955BE Edition @ AnandTech
- Six Cores Coming Soon – Opteron Turns Six @ Hardware Zone
The AMD Athlon X2 7850 can be had at PriceGrabber for $75; the Intel Pentium E5300 for $80. AMD’s offering is a dual core 2.8GHz CPU with 64KB L1 data cache, 64KB L1 instruction cache, a 512KB L2 cache per core and 2MB of latency ridden L3 cache. Intel’s is also a dual core, though running at 2.6GHz with 2KB L1 data cache, a 32KB L1 instruction cache and a shared L2 cache of 2MB in size. Check in on the competition at AnandTech.