AMD Announces The Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition

In addition to launching the new Radeon HD 4770 this morning, AMD is also taking the opportunity to announce a new value-priced desktop CPU, the Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition. The Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition should be available for about $69 when it hits store shelves today. It is a 2.8GHz, socket AM2+ processor manufactured using AMD's 65nm DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) process. The full specifications and a couple of postures are listed below...

AMD Athlon X2 7850 Processor Specifications:

Processor Core Frequency: 2.8GHz
X2 7850 Black Edition Tray OPN: OPN#  AD785ZWCJ2BGH
X2 7850 Black Edition PIB OPN: OPN#  AD785ZWCGHBOX
L1 Cache Sizes: 64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (512KB total L1 per processor)
L2 Cache Sizes: 512KB of L2 data cache per core (1MB total L2 per processor)
L3 Cache Size: 2MB (shared)
Total Cache (L2+L3): 3MB
Memory Controller Type: Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller
Memory Controller Speed: Up to 1.8GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management
Types of Memory Supported: Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2 8500 (DDR2-1066MHz)
HyperTransport 3.0: One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 3.6GHz full duplex (1.8GHz x2)
Total Processor-to-system Bandwidth: Up to 28.5 GB/s bandwidth [Up to 17.1GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 14.4GB/s (HT3)]
Packaging: Socket AM2+ 940-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)
Fab location: GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany (formerly AMD Fab 36)
Process Technology: 65-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology
Approximate Transistor count:

~ 450 million (65nm)

Approximate Die Size: 285 mm2 (65nm)
Max Ambient Case Temp: 73o Celsius
Nominal Voltage: 1.2-1.25 Volts
Max TDP: 95 Watts
Because the Athlon X2 7850 is a Black Edition processor it gives users the ability to select memory controller, HyperTransport, and CPU core frequencies either through software, i.e. OverDrive, or through the motherboard's system BIOS. Should a fun chip for the overclockers on a budget out there.

Due to time constraints, we weren't able to run a full suite of tests on the Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition, but we will soon and will update you all ASAP. Stay tuned.

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