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AMD unveils 2.4GHz Athlon 64 FX-53

And drops the FX-51

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AMD yesterday rolled out its latest Athlon 64 FX processor, the 2.4GHz FX-53, and dropped its predecessor, the FX-51, from its product list.

The new 64-bit chip was originally expected to appear before the end of 2003, according to sources cited by AMD-watching web sites, but the part ultimately turned up on the company's internal roadmaps scheduled for a March 2004 debut.

Like its predecessor, the FX-53 uses a 940-pin socket, allowing FX-51 owners to swap out their current chip for the new one. The part is aimed at gamers, many of whom like to keep at the top of the processor 'food chain'.

They may have to wait a while, however. AMD said the new chip will initially be available in "limited quantities", and then only to "select high-performance PC manufacturers worldwide".

"We expect to broaden that availability within the next few weeks," the company said.

AMD listed many of its 'usual suspect' system builders among those manufacturers who will offer systems based on the FX-53. In Europe the list names Alternate, Arbol, Batch PC, CDC, EID, Evesham, Formoza, Fox PC, Hattelco, Komplett, Mesh, Network Technical, nVentiv, Olidata, Paradigit, Scan, Time Computers and Unika. Their US equivalents are ABS, AFT, Alienware, BOXX Technologies, CyberPower, Falcon Northwest, Monarch, Polywell, Velocity Micro, Vicious PC, Voodoo and ZT Group. In Japan, Aro-system, Bless, Unitcom, MCJ, PROSIDE, Thirdwave and Visual Technology will soon offer FX-53 machines.

Like the FX-51 before it, the FX-53 is priced at $733 in 1000-chip batches. With the addition of the new part, the FX-51 has been dropped from AMD's price list. ®

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