Some facts about the future of AMD single-core processors05.26.2019
As we have noted, AMD has plans in the near future to reduce the range of the single-core Athlon 64 processors, not only due to the models with 1 MB cache. It is known that at the end of this quarter (after a couple of weeks), the company will begin to withdraw from the production of the Athlon 64 3200+ and Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 939. performed by the same processor in the performance of Socket AM2 also exist, but the Athlon 64 3000+ model comes mainly in emerging markets. In addition, the abolition of "namesakes" in Socket 939 and can push for the removal of the Athlon 64 production of low-end models in the Socket AM2.
Thus, AMD's price list in the autumn of this year will be only two Athlon 64 with ratings 3500+ and 3800+ respectively. Does this mean that AMD puts an end to single-core processors? After spending some advice, we were able to clarify the situation. Indeed, AMD expects to significantly reduce the proportion of single-core Athlon 64 processors in the product mix by the end of this year. Sempron processors will continue to exist in a single-core performance for at least two more years, but the two cores can gain if necessary. Recently, we've seen the Athlon 64 X2 3600+ is just the kind of "rehearsal" release a dual-core version of the Sempron. By the way, this processor was released in limited edition, in the retail sector it is unlikely to emerge.
Curiously, even in the moment of transition to Socket AM2, AMD has clearly realized that the single-core Athlon 64 processors will be withdrawn from production in the foreseeable future. That is why the type DDR2-667, while the dual processors supported by memory Athlon 64 and Sempron was limited support DDR2-800. For a single-core architecture DDR2-800 support does not provide any performance gains, AMD says. In support DDR2-667 mode, single-core processors in the performance of Socket AM2 manage to keep up with the processors Socket 939 with equal frequency. However, this imbalance did not care about AMD's, as the single-core processors will still be removed from production. For the remaining processors Sempron support DDR2-667 would be well within their price.