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News Posted: Wed, Feb 27 2008 4:28 PM

Once Intel announced their dual-core Celerons it was only a matter of time until AMD countered with dual-core Semprons.  The bad news is that they're mainly available in China at this time, but that could change in the future.  Here's the specs on the dual-core Sempron:

“AMD Sempron 2100+ processors adopt a 65nm process, and have a core frequency of 1.8GHz. Pricing in the China market is set at RMB 399 (US$55).”

There is no word on when or if these particular CPUs will be availble in the U.S. but we don't think we'll be waiting too long.



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 Cheapest boxed AM2 dual-core is $60 and cheapest oem is $48 (newegg prices).  About the same price as 2048mb of DDR2 800.  That's a hell of a lot for $100.  It indeed is a good time.

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I don't think they would release these in the US market, most people in the US will either spend the extra money on a socket AM2 processor or go intel with the Pentium Dual-Core or Celeron Dual-Core.  It's a crowded market on the low end of the dual core spectrum, so it would make more sense as a release in expanding markets.

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It's a crowded market on the low end of the dual core spectrum, so it would make more sense as a release in expanding markets.

That's logical.

 

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methious replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 11:48 PM

 Current speculation is that they will release the dual core sempron stateside.  It might accidently be a better over clocker than the current X2s due to the lower cache.  I've used the Semprons in value based non gaming rigs, they run pretty decent.  With the current low prices of the low to mid range X2 I don't know that they'll get very high sales in the home builder market, but I'm sure you'll be seeing them in POS systems on the shelves of your local stores.  They'll put any thing in those Mattel models.  

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I guess they might become popular (for an AMD chip anway) in generic PCs at the store.  But most builders will ignore them, since the X2 3800 and 4000 are already around the $50 mark.

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