However, the Athlon64 X2 does have one great thing going for it, in that owners of current Socket-939 Athlon64 systems can simply upgrade their motherboard BIOS in order to support dual-core Athlon64 X2 processors. We've seen a lot of Athlon64 fans thus far waiting for the chips to hit the market in order to upgrade their current machines for dual-core operation. In comparison, Intel's dual-core processors require an entirely new motherboard purchase, since only the newest 945/955/nForce4 Intel Edition chipsets are able to support dual-core processors.
In any case, Athlon64 X2 chips are finally making their way on to market. We've been lucky enough to get all four members of the new Athlon64 X2 family (4200+, 4400+, 4600+, and 4800+) in our labs for testing against other high-end processors for a benchmark extravaganza. Let's get to it.
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