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AMD Announces Energy Efficient Processors

As no surprise to anyone, AMD just announced its Energy Efficient line of processors.  We previously reported on the processor TDPs and release dates.  By utilizing aggressive power state timings settings and processors binned for lower voltages, AMD has managed to take a select few processor cores and modify them to use less energy during typical operation.  Even though the processors are rated with 35 watt to 65 watt thermal envelopes, AMD’s press release claims “When running typical workloads, as reflected in the SYSmark 2004 SE benchmark, end users could experience their energy efficient dual-core processor consuming 14 watts.”

However, don’t expect the EE savings to come for free.  The energy efficient processors carry a $10 to $30 premium on non-EE versions, though AMD has not officially revealed that pricing yet either.  Global Tech News published a complete list of AM2 launch prices for non-EE processors several weeks ago.

AMD Desktop EE Processor Roadmap 2006 Processor Socket Core TDP Price Athlon 64 X2 4800+
AM2 Dual 65W $651Athlon 64 X2 4600+
AM2 Dual 65W $601Athlon 64 X2 4400+
AM2 Dual  65W $514Athlon 64 X2 4200+
AM2 Dual 65W $417Athlon 64 X2 4000+
AM2 Dual 65W $353Athlon 64 X2 3800+
AM2 Dual 65W $323 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2 Dual 35W
$364Athlon 64 3500+
AM2 Single 35W
$231Sempron 3400+
AM2 Single 35W $145Sempron 3200+
AM2 Single 35W
$119Sempron 3000+
AM2 Single
AMD roadmaps have revealed that the processors will go on sale May 23, 2006, though AMD’s official stance is that the processors will simply ship sometime this month.  AMD is also expected to announce the non-EE versions of these processors on May 23, 2006.

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