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AMD Athlon 64 X2 “Black Edition” Processors
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 19 November 2007 23:09

The folks at Icrontic show us how this chip performs:

With all of the talk of quad core CPUs these days including AMD’s own Phenom just around the corner, it is no surprise that AMD’s latest X2 offerings have received little press. I’d wager a guess that most enthusiasts were not even aware of AMD’s latest ‘Black Edition’ processors hitting the retail shelves.

Read the full review at Icrontic:

I’ll be the first to admit that news of another Brisbane and Windsor based processor being added to AMD’s lineup was not terribly exciting at first, but looking a little closer reveals that these are not just more run of the mill X2s. AMD has targeted the enthusiast crowd with the Black Edition processors. They come in an attractive package and while they are considered ‘Retail Box’ processors, there is no included heatsink and fan. AMD really wanted to keep costs down to an absolute minimum with these processors and therefore elected not to include something that will ultimately sit in someone’s drawer.

Aside from the unique packaging and great pricing, the Black Edition processors offer something that AMD has historically reserved only for the most elite (and expensive) processors in their lineup. That’s right, you guessed it, Black Edition processors are multiplier-unlocked just like the top-end FX series processors. This is music to an overclocker’s ears. We’ll explain what exactly this means a little bit later on.

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