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Daily News Round #2 for May 9, 2005

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for May 9, 2005
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: May 10, 2005 4:19 am

- AMD Athlon 64 X2 - One step closer to your desktop

Not all that long ago it had become apparant that AMD would be producing mainstream desktop versions of their new dual-core processors, with the workstation/server based Opteron line having gone dual-core just recently, we knew that these mainstream desktop equivilents wouldnt be too far away. Turns out AMD have decided to push the removal of their NDA forward (originally planned for early/mid June) and allow a bunch of hardware sites around the globe to fire up some previews of whats to come in the exciting dual-core world of Athlon 64 "X2". All the coverage via the below links folks.


- SimHQ
- Bit-Tech
- AMDZone
- TechReport
- Hot Hardware
- Trusted Reviews
- Anandtech
- HardOCP
- XBit Labs
- Sudhian
- Techwarelabs
- Hexus
- FiringSquad
- LostCircuits


Both AMD and Intel appear to be playing release date games with their latest dual core processors.


Intel's affordable dual core desktop solution, the new Pentium D, officially launched in the middle of last month, but has yet to be seen in the channel.


AMD appears to be joining in on Intel's game and is lifting their NDA on Athlon 64 X2 performance today, instead of waiting until June as they had originally planned to. Note that the timing of today's article doesn't mean there's any change in the Athlon 64 X2 release or shipping schedule, the CPUs still won't be available until Q3 or Q4 of this year, but AMD appears to want to get performance numbers out there as soon as possible; given the impressive performance we previewed in our first article, it's not much of a surprise from AMD.


In our first AMD dual core article we simulated the performance of an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ using an Opteron x75 CPU, this time around we've got two chips from AMD, both officially Athlon 64 X2 processors, to give you a better feel for the actual dual core Socket-939 performance that you'll be seeing later this year.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo VIVO 256MB AGP @ Bonafide Reviews
- Kingmax SuperRAM PC3200 1GB Dual Channel Kit @ InsaneTek
- Samsung CLP-510 Color Laser Jet Printer @ Futurelooks
- Optek Fretlight USB/LED Guitar @ Trusted Reviews
- Overclocking Goes Mainstream @ CoolTechZone
- Jetart JACSH1 VGA Cooler @ TechPowerUp
- Skyhawk's Small Form Factor Ambitions @ Toms Hardware
- Microsoft Xbox 360 Due in November, New Images Hit the Web @ XBit Labs
- Retailers Sell AMD Turion 64 ML-40 Ahead of Launch @ XBit Labs
- atchguard Firebox X15w WiFi firewall @ Trusted Reviews
- The Basics of Computer Mice @ BigBruin


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