As we mentioned this past weekend, AMD has now officially announced the jewel of their crown, Athlon 64 FX-55 processor, for enthusiasts and hard-core gamers. The AMD Athlon 64 processor 4000+, also announced today, provides businesses and consumers with world-class performance and enables a more secure computing environment.
These new additions to the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 processor family represent the next leap forward in desktop computing, providing exceptional performance on 32-bit applications today, with the ability to migrate to 64-bit applications.
As the only Windows-compatible 64-bit PC processors, AMD Athlon 64 processors are enabling new, cinematic computing experiences. Thomson, world leader in integrated solutions (technologies, equipment and services) for the media and entertainment industries and co-inventor of mp3, plans to release an AMD64-optimized version of their audio industry standard Fraunhofer mp3 encoder.
AMD Athlon 64 processors are the first 32- and 64-bit desktop and mobile processors designed with Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) capabilities. When enabled by Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, EVP offers an additional level of integrated security to identify and prevent the spread of certain malicious viruses, as well as certain computer worms and Trojan horses. AMD Athlon 64 processors also provide innovative system-level features including Cool'n'Quiet technology. An advancement in PC technology, Cool'n'Quiet offers efficient performance-on-demand, enabling an "always on" PC to run quietly in any room.
Systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor are expected to be available from the following:
- Canada: Canada Computers
- Europe: Amitech, Dacco, Fox PC, Komplett, and LEVI.
- US: ABS, AFT, Alienware, BOLData, CyberPower, Elite PC, Falcon Northwest, Hypersonic PC Systems, Mighty Micro, Monarch, mWave, Nor-tech, Now Micro, PC Club, Polywell, Shuttle, Systemax, Totally Awesome, Velocity Micro, Vicious PC, Voodoo, ZipZoomfly, and ZT Group.
Systems based on both the AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor and AMD Athlon 64 processor 4000+ are expected to be available from the following:
- Japan: Aro-system Co., Ltd, Bless Co., Ltd, MCJ Co., Ltd., Sycom Co., Ltd, Thirdwave K.K., and Tsukumo Co., Ltd.
- FX-55 (2.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, 939-pin)
- 4000+ (2.4GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, 939-pin)
The AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor and AMD Athlon 64 processor 4000+ are available immediately worldwide. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor is priced at $827. The AMD Athlon 64 processor 4000+ is priced at $729.
UPDATE: Here are a few previews/reviews
Short-Media - AMD Athlon 64 4000+
VR-Zone - AMD Athlon 64 4000+
Techware Labs - AMD Socket 939 4000+ and FX55