AMD today announced its first dual core to the market desktop. Intel’s main competitor entered the dual core for the server and workstation market, where it has the largest market share, debuting in April with three models, and now advances with the Athlon 64 X2 line taking advantage of one of the most important Asian computer fairs, Computex.
The presentation of the new line of processors, which are immediately available to manufacturers, was expected only for the next month after being anticipated by the company.
The Athlon 64 x2 line is aimed at equipment with high multimedia potential and users running multiple applications simultaneously and promises productivity gains in terms of multimedia applications that can reach up to 80 percent.
AMD says it has already closed deals with around 40 equipment manufacturers including HP or Lenovo. The new line of processors will be available in four models: 4800+, 4600+, 4400+ and 4200+. Prices are fixed for purchases of 1,000 units and start at $ 537 and go up to $ 1001, depending on performance. The lowest model runs at 2.2 GHz, at the opposite end AMD puts 2.4 GHz.
The new Athlon will compete with Intel’s Pentium D which places its lower model at 2.8 GHz for $ 241 and the top model at 3.2 GHz for $ 530. To these the market leader also adds an Extreme Edition with a much higher cost and greater performance.
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