After more hype and wait than I think we can stand again, AMD dual-core processors are finally here. The new chips, which AMD claims should offer a 30% to 90% performance improvement from single-core chips, are destined to find their place in a whole host of solutions from server and workstations for enterprise users to desktop and desktop-replacement notebooks for consumers and business users. As the name suggests, dual-core chips have two computing engines, placed together on a single piece of silicon.

Coming as it has so very close to Intel's own journey into the world of duality, AMD is keen to differentiate its products from Intel's.

Speaking at a product unveiling in New York, which was broadcast over the Internet, Williams said AMD hopes to differentiate its products from dual-core chips rival Intel Corp. (INTC) introduced earlier this week. He said AMD's decision to directly connect the two cores would hasten communications between them.

Already reviews have appeared. PC Mag have an article on the Opteron platform, performing a series of tests including SYSmark 2004 and a whole range of applications. have also taken a look at AMD’s multi-core technology, giving a range of useful information on the chips, as well as some very good tests. Similarly, there is another review from, offering lots of interesting stuff and more tests.

Other manufacturers have already announced products that utilise, or complement this technology. VIA has announced chipset support for the processors in the form of the new VIA K8T890. HP have updated their server line to include machines based on the new processors as well.