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AMD unveils dual-core Opteron

Yesterday, as expected, AMD officially unveiled dual-core Opteron processors for high-performance servers. Also close is the desktop dual-core Athlon 64 X2, release being scheduled for June.

Opteron 8xx Series are available for 4-way and 8-way servers, while 2xx Series will find its place in 2-way configurations. The latter will be shipping late in May.

Note that two cores per chip enable AMD to keep the existing power and motherboard layout requirements, so just a BIOS update will be needed.

The dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 is not positioned as a replacement for gaming/enthusiast Athlon 64 FX. As most games can´t use the benefits of dual-core architecture, AMD underlines that X2 advantages will be primarily noticeable in digital video and sound processing as well as in multi-application work.

In 1,000-unit quantities Athlon X2 price ranges from $537 to $1,001, Opteron 2xx costs $851 to $1,299, and the most powerful Opteron 800 costs $2,649 per unit.

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