Apparently we were right in our reports on what AMD meant by its “Dark Side.” Yesterday AMD (poorly) announced the availability of the AMD Athlon X2 5000+ Black Edition. We were wrong on one detail though, the chip is not 90 nm but 65 nm. It comes with 1 MB L2 cache (2×512 KB), has a 65 W TDP and spins at 2.6 GHz. Black Edition means that the chips are handpicked and are unlocked, no locked multipliers here. The price is slightly higher for the 5000+ Black Edition than for the regular edition, $136 vs $125 USD. Clearly an enthusiast processor and to be frank we’re quite curious to see what this baby is capable of in matter of pure overclocking.

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