Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers have welcomed AMD's new Athlon 64 X2 processor and are showing off many motherboards for this new dual-core processor at Computex 2005.
About twenty Taiwanese motherboard makers such as Asus, Foxconn, MSI, Abit, Albatron, AOpen, Biostar, DFI and many others announced support for AMD's new dual-core desktop processor. Chipset makers ATI, NVIDIA, SIS, VIA and ULi also announced support for AMD's Athlon 64 X2.
The Athlon 64 X2 is made on a 90nm process and has about 233 million transistors. It uses Socket 939 and will work on current Athlon 64 motherboards after applying a BIOS update. Initially, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 will be available in four versions: the 4200+, 4400+, 4600+ and 4800+ priced from US$537 to US$1001 in 1000-unit quantities.
AMD says enough quantity will be shipped to the market but denied to announce how many production capacity it made available for its new dual-core processors. We recently posted AMD's dual-core processors are priced higher than Intel's dual-core offerings because of AMD's limited production capacity. The difference in price is quite high as AMD's cheapest dual-core Athlon 64 X2 desktop processor costs more than twice as much as Intel's cheapest dual-core Pentium D.