AMD 6000+ AM2 X2 ProcessorFormer staff writer - August 20, 2007
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Everyone wants to be first, whether it's land on the moon, win a race or introduce a new technology that corners the market and brings about a change on how we use things for the next ten years. Although being first has its benefits and could actually propel you into the limelight, it could also be a hindrance. Your technology could be so far ahead of the others that other technologies take years being updated and your ground breaking accomplishment can only be used at half its total potential.
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) was the first to produce a processor that had a 64 bit architecture. This is the next step in the evolution of CPUs taking over from the 32 bit processors we have come accustomed to for over ten years. There has only been one problem since its release over two years ago... other technologies have not caught up (being mainstream operating systems and other hardware). However, Microsoft released a 64 bit version of XP in 2005 and subsequently had so many problems getting software drivers for other hardware most people who used it reverted back to the 32 bit version of XP shortly after purchasing it. Now we have Vista, which gives you the option to use it as a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system and still there are incompatibility issues with drivers and hardware not working correctly in the 64 bit environment. Myself along with many other enthusiasts are starting to compare Vista to Windows Millennium, which to date, is one of the worst operating systems Microsoft has ever produced. (Due to the lack of software drivers for hardware support and the Millennium kernel being unstable)
Where AMD was once the front runner in 64 bit technology it now has competition. Intel entered the 64 bit market first with the Pentium 4 and D now the Core 2 Duo. Intel spent more time releasing a 64 bit processor and many say that their version is either comparable or better. Can this really be proven when we are still waiting for hardware and software to catch up with an over two year old technology?
AMD now produces a 64 bit mainstream processor which has broken the 3.0 GHZ barrier; it is the Athlon 64 6000+ X2 AM2. This chip contains 940 pins, 2000 MHz Hyper-Transport, 128 x 128 L1 cache and an L2 cache of 2 X 1 MB on a 90 nm platform. The 6000 + will be the focus of this review.
“Over the course of AMD's three decades in business, silicon and software have become the steel and plastic of the worldwide digital economy. Technology companies have become global pacesetters, making technical advances at a prodigious rate — always driving the industry to deliver more and more, faster and faster.”
“However, “technology for technology's sake” is not the way AMD does business. AMDs history is marked by a commitment to innovation that's truly useful for customers — putting the real needs of people ahead of technical one-upmanship. AMD founder Jerry Sanders has always maintained that “customers should come first, at every stage of a company's activities.” AMDs current CEO, Hector de Jesus Ruiz, continues to carry the torch, saying, “Customer-centric innovation is the pre-eminent value at AMD. It is our reason for being and our strategy for success.””
AMD 6000+ AM2 X2 Processor