However, AMD’s new dual-core Athlon64 X2 CPUs will be Socket 939 solutions, and can be supported by current K8 motherboards, which will only need to have their BIOS upgraded, the makers said. In addition, although Intel’s Pentium D processor will require the support of a new platform based on 945-series chipsets, the high-cost of migrating to the platform may deter users from buying new motherboards, the mobo makers said.
Dual Core Will Not Increase Mobo Sales
It looks like some motherboard vendors are predicting a stagnant market even with both AMD and Intel pushing dual core processors to anyone and everyone. With the AMD X2’s only needing a BIOS update and Pentium D platform pretty high on the price scale, this makes a lot of sense.