Just as the dual core line, AMD's socket 939 processors have been practically at the same price point since our last guide. The only drop we're seeing is in the A64 3500+ Hammer core (512KB cache) [RTPE: ADA3500DEP4AS] and the 4000+ Hammer core with 1MB of cache [RTPE: ADA4000DEP5AS] of approximately $8.00 a piece, nothing dramatic. As recently mentioned on Anandtech Insider, AMD is ending the 3000+ and shipping new E4 Venices. In line with the dry up of gray market processors, these new Venices are only appearing as PIBs. These new processors are priced quite a bit higher than the existing Venices; there may not be much of a reason to postpone purchase, especially if one was planning on picking up an A64 3000+ [RTPE: ADA3000BPBOX].


AMD Athlon 64 (939) 3000+ 512KB Venice

Onto the socket 754 platform, if you are interested in the mobile CPUs, the Athlon 64 DTR 3000+ Hammer with 1MB cache [RTPE: AMA3000BEX5AR] is at a nice price of about $117.00 shipped. If mobiles aren't for you, we recommend the Athlon 64 3000+ Newcastle with 512KB of cache [RTPE: ADA3000AEP4AX] for $123.00, which is down about $4.00. Why do we suggest the low end of the socket 754 line? That's because as you go up to the higher end of the socket 754, the closer their price is to the socket 939 variant. So for budget builds, the socket 754 is something we suggest you consider.

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  • BigLan - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Very intersted in the upcoming 939 opteron piece you mentioned. I'm planning an opteron 165 upgrade in the next few weeks, so hopefully supplies will last till then at least! Reply
  • hoppa - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Will X2 CPUs ever drop to a decent price? I am dying for one of these products and am basically waiting for the 4000+ to drop at least to $300 but at this rate it looks like that'll take years =\ Reply
  • Jojo7 - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Just because your RTPE doesn't show any matches for "opteron 254" doesn't mean the product doesn't exist. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    The tables are all generated automatically. RTPE didn't pick up an Opteron 254, but that just means the channel is weak on that product.

    Kristopher
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  • TheGlassman - Saturday, November 26, 2005 - link

    I wouldn't coundt on AMD selling slow cheap x2's for a while.. To go intel dual cpu, you have to get a new expensive motherboard, and probably new memory, where as the AMD x2's plug right into existing systems. A simple cpu upgrade is cheaper than a new system. Reply
  • ceefka - Monday, November 28, 2005 - link

    Once Semprons have left s754 there would be an argument to have all Athlons on dual core and maybe even some Semprons. I think it was in 2007 that AMD planned to have abandoned single core CPUs. By then you might be able to pick up an el cheapo X2 Sempron.

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    A simple cpu upgrade is cheaper than a new system.
    Agreed. If you start from scratch, however, that doesn't count.
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