AMD Athlon 64 X2 computer processor was introduced in 2005. It is AMD’s first dual core x-86 compatible processor designed for desktop computer. The multi-core revolution was started when Intel begins to introduce dual-core processor in their Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition CPUs.
Dual-core processor incorporates two processing cores in a single chip. This means two streams of data is processed at the same time and therefore increase the power of CPU computing.
One of the features of Athlon 64 X2 processor is that the processor cores communicate each other without going through the North Bridge as it used to be in earlier processors.
For your information I have compiled the most common features of Athlon 64 X2 processor.
- Running multiple programs at the same time (multitasking capability)
- Powerful for multithreaded applications – multithreaded software can be broken into parts of programs called threads and run each threads on each processor cores. Non-threaded applications won’t benefit from multi core technology as the second processor core will be left idle from computing.
- Recommended for multimedia applications (for creating high-definition video, photo editing and rendering applications). These applications demand more processing power and simultaneous running of programs.
- Serves gaming applications well
As we have discussed, AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor is AMD’s first K8 series dual-core CPU. With this processor anyone who demands processing power for multitasking and multithreaded applications will benefit a lot.