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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

AMD Intros High-End Athlon For Gamers

AMD topped off its AMD64 processor family Tuesday with its Athlon 64 FX-60 dual-core processor and aimed it at power-hungry gamers and heavy digital media users.

The firm said the processor is its highest performing dual-core processor and has "an average 34 percent improvement on overall digital media performance and an eye-popping 80 percent faster performance on certain benchmarks over similar single-core processors."

"Those who crave ultimate performance on 3D games and intense digital media applications can experience realistic physics and lighting, advanced artificial intelligence and amazing performance on digital media applications," said AMD's Bob Brewer in a statement. Brewer is corporate vice president, desktop division, AMD microprocessor solutions sector.

One firm, Velocity Micro, has used the processor in its Gamers' Edge DualX T1425 system. Graphics specialist NVIDIA said it is working with the new processor and noted that its performance exceeds high-end military simulators that were available just a few years ago.

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