Advanced Micro Devices has released a new version of its dual-core desktop chip as the back-to-school buying season heats up.
The Athlon 64 X2 3800+ will run at 2GHz and each core will have a 512KB secondary cache for rapid data retrieval. The chip costs $354 in quantities of 1,000. That’s less than existing dual-core Athlons, but the chip also doesn’t provide the same performance levels as the chips released earlier. The Athlon 64 X2 4200+, for instance, has the same size cache but runs at 2.2GHz.
If the model number sounds familiar, it is. The company already sells a 3800+ Athlon with a single core.
AMD will also cut processor prices on Monday, a spokeswoman said