The new chips are targeted at power users who multi-task applications, and typically want to run normal applications with multimedia or security applications in the background.
In AMD tests the dual-core processor gives a 30 per cent performance boost over the highest-performing AMD Athlon 64 4000+ single-core processor on multi-tasking benchmarks.
The processor has been designed to take advantage of next-generation platform innovations, such as AMD-Virtualization technology and high-performance unbuffered DDR2 memory.
The X2 also adds AMD's Enhanced Virus Protection which helps prevent certain threats, like MSBlaster and Slammer, that use memory buffer overflow to gain control of the PC.
HP is among the first customers of the new processors and has announced that the 5200+ will be an option in its Compaq dc5750 business desktop PC range announced yesterday.
The dual-core processors are compatible with socket AM2 motherboards and are available from today. End-user prices are yet to be set.
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