AMD officially announces Athlon 64 X2
Like promised a week ago, AMD introduced the new Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor designed (well, in the future, I guess) for the masses. The novelties will work with existing Socket 939/940 motherboards just after a BIOS upgrade. The support has already been declared by ABIT, Albatron, AOpen, Arima, Asrock, ASUSTeK Computer Inc., Biostar Group, Chaintech, DFI, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Epox, FIC, Foxconn, GIGABYTE, IWILL, MSI, Quanta, Sapphire, Shuttle, Soltek, Supermicro Computer and Tyan Computer Corporation.
Two cores inside such a CPU are connected through the Direct Connect architecture. According to the official information, the performance gain provided by AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPUs, which by the way have ratings of 4800+, 4600+, 4400+ and 4200+, is 34% in multimedia applications and 22% in other applications comparing to usual single-core Athlon 64 processors.
In over 1,000-unit quantities Athlon 64 X2 4800+, 4600+, 4400+, 4200+ cost $1001, $803, $581, $537, respectively.
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