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Blatantly stolen from Tom's Hardware:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Athlon-AMD-Regor-X2-280,20944.html

AMD's older series of Athlon IIs aren't going out a service yet with the release of the "new" Regor Chip with a large lithographic size of 45 nm. The CPU is built for the AM3 socket and therefore also compatible with the AM2, AM2+, AM3 and AM3+.

The CPU is based on AMD's K10.5 architecture, and the chip's cores run at an impressive 3.6 GHz, accompanied by 1MB of L2 cache per core. The integrated memory controller supports both dual channel DDR2 and DDR3. The TDP is rated at just 65W which bodes well for economic use.

Pricing is set at an MSRP of just $49.99


MSRP of $49? So this should be $40ish in stores? Someone buy one of these and see if it unlocks extra cores and/or overclocks like crazy....

Even if not, a $40ish 65W fast dual core could be a hit in HTPC or small workstations...
    
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This is a "Regor" design, meaning it's certain to be a true dual core processor, and it looks like they've already clocked quite high, still though, it's looking like a nice cpu to buy on a budget.
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Regor is native dual core so no unlocks there, seems cheap though thing is so are pentiums
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I suppose its a good upgrade for those still sporting Sempron 140s.
But if you were to buy it for a new build, its much better to get an APU at that price.
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Ehh, at this extreme end of the budget spectrum, I'd rather have a Celeron G1620 ($55, 2.7ghz). Lower power usage and better out of the box performance. You'd have to put a pretty big OC on the Athlon just to match the new Celeron, too.

Only AMDs current 4 and 6 core chips have a really clear bang-for-the-buck win over the competition IMO.
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I really wish they would of made this a 32nm, I'm very interested in this though
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