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Computex 2005: New VIA mainboards might be needed for dual-core

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 1 June 2005, 00:00

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New VIA mainboards might be needed for dual-core

New VIA mainboards might be needed for AMD dual-core




VIA are showing off the dual-core Athlon X2 on their stand, running with the company's K8T890 Pro core logic on a reference board. When I covered X2 on its launch, I mentioned that should a board be able to run an Athlon FX processor, be that FX-53 or FX-55 (the only Socket 939 Athlon FX processors), it's able to run a dual-core processor from an electrical and power standpoint. That leaves only the supporting BIOS revision for that board in order to give it dual-core compatibility.

However, talking to VIA yesterday confirmed that even though its board partners have mainboards out there that run an FX just fine, that board revisions may be brought out to properly support Athlon X2 from an electrical standpoint. Whether that's the case for other board vendors, with boards not using VIA core logic, I'm not sure. Expect to see those VIA board partners that need a mainboard revision to support the X2, do so with paired marketing to promote that fact.



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if i need a new mobo for dual core, why does my k8t890 board's latest bios say it has dual core cpu support? O_o
It looks to be down to board partners and how they've designed the boards.
It depends if they use the VIA Romsip or their own I believe
toss a 4800+ my way & i'll check ;)
I'm not sure if it's related, but a few K8T890 boards use a “CE” revision of the chipset, while others use “CD”.

Pictures:
ABIT AX8
http://www.bodnara.co.kr/bbs/?imode=view&D=7&num=52502&category=150
“CE” revision

Soltek SL-K890Pro-939
http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/motherboards/soltek/k890pro/index.htm
“CD” revision