AMD has released a pair of dual-core Athlon processors for mainstream desktops as the chip maker prepares to roll out 45-nanometer microprocessors for PCs in early 2009. The first chip is the AMD X2 7750 "Black Edition" processor, which is unlocked but has a listed clock speed of 2.7GHz. The second processor, which is also called the AMD X2 7750, has a clock speed of 2.5GHz, but this CPU is only available only to the company's OEM partners.
The two Athlon processors each offer 512KB of Level 2 cache with each processing core and 2MB of L3 cache that both cores share. The processors are part of AMD's "Cartwheel" platform that the chip maker released earlier in 2008 for mainstream desktops. The platform also includes AMD's 780G chip set and its ATI Radeon 3200 integrated graphics.
While AMD listed the Black Edition Athlon processor at $79, the company did not release a price for the other processor.