AMD launches new desktop Athlon 64s

AMD has introduced three processors that mark the transition to its new standard desktop socket, as well as its most powerful desktop chip yet

AMD has introduced three new Socket 939 Athlon 64s, including the company's highest performance desktop processor yet, the Athlon 64 FX-53.

The new chips are designed to work with more inexpensive components and motherboards than earlier high performance devices: AMD also intends that Socket 939 will become the standard for desktop Athlon motherboards.

The new chips have dual-channel DDR memory controllers, AMD's Non-Execute (NX) antivirus memory protection and either 512KB or 1MB of level 2 cache. The company also launched a solitary Socket 754 Athlon 64 3700+, which is a single-channel memory controller 1MB cache device that works with existing motherboards.

For ZDNet UK's review of the processors, please click here.