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Dennis
January 14th 08, 08:12 PM
Hi All,

I wonder why 4000+ and 4800+ AM2 with 2 meg cache are so hard to find.
At least not available on TigerDirect or Newegg. Profit margins?
The slowest AMD dual core at Newegg with 2 MG is 5200+

Dennis

General Schvantzkopf
January 16th 08, 12:17 AM
On Mon, 14 Jan 2008 19:12:05 +0000, Dennis wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I wonder why 4000+ and 4800+ AM2 with 2 meg cache are so hard to find.
> At least not available on TigerDirect or Newegg. Profit margins? The
> slowest AMD dual core at Newegg with 2 MG is 5200+
>
> Dennis

AMD has given up on the high end because they don't have a part that can
compete with even the 65nm Core2s let alone the new 45nm Core2s that
Intel is starting to ship. The 1/2M cache parts have smaller die sizes
which makes them cheaper to produce, for AMD to survive they have to
reduce their costs as much as possible. At the low end of the performance
spectrum no one is looking at cache size, just price so AMD is only
building small cache parts.

You will notice that the 2X1M parts are in the 90nm process, there are no
65nm parts with 2M of cache. These parts are rebadged Opterons, the
reason that they are still making Opterons in a obsolete process is that
the server market has a large segment that cares more about platform
stability then they do about price performance. To be specific, big
companies qualify a specific hardware + software platform and then they
expect to be able to buy that platform for several years. The chip
vendors select a subset of their offerings which they will designate for
long term support, those are the parts you are seeing on Newegg.