AMD offers cheaper chip

AMD is launching a cut-price version of its Athlon 64 3200+ processor, which could help the chip gain greater acceptance in the market place.

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By  Peter Branton Published  December 19, 2003

AMD is launching a cut-price version of its Athlon 64 3200+ processor, which could help the chip gain greater acceptance in the market place.

The new chip, the Athlon 64 3000+, runs at the same speed as the full-priced 3200+ but it only comes with a 512KB secondary cache, as opposed to the 3200+ which comes with a full 1GB. A cache is a pool of memory integrated into the processor for rapid data access. In general, the larger the cache size the better the performance. The 3000+ will be available in the Middle East in the first week of January.

The new chip will cost roughly half the price of the 3200+ processor, according to reports. AMD is locked in battle with Intel for the high-performance market. Intel launched its Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor on the market last year, which like the Athlon 64 is targeted at gaming and high performance users.

Pierre Brunswick, regional sales manager for AMD Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa said the chip would help the company capture a greater share of the high performance market in the region, as it would allow them to migrate to 64-bit computing when they were ready to do so. Intel's Extreme chip is only 32-bit.

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