Details of pricing for AMD dual-core Opterons seems to have been leaked. Seemingly, the low-end Opteron 865 chip will cost $1,514 USD, dual-core Opteron 870 $2,149, and the Opteron 875 will be priced at $2,649. Not due for release until Thursday, dual-core solutions from AMD are hotly awaited. The prices quoted should, however, only be regarded as a guideline, since OEMs will decide on final pricing for their AMD systems. AMD is expected to announce several industry partnerships on Thursday, where system builders will use the chips in their new machines.
By including two processing units into a single design, dual-core chips will bring improved performance when running multiple applications - even though speeds will initially be lower than current single core offerings.