NVIDIA announced that their entire line of NVIDIA nForce media and communications processors for AMD64 platforms fully support the new AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor.
"Both NVIDIA and AMD are committed to developing technology innovations that have a dramatic impact on how our customers can take the utmost advantage of their hardware platforms," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. "With the launch of our new AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor and NVIDIA's continued growth in providing core-logic solutions, we are both excited about bringing new technology solutions to the market that will forever change the face of client computing."
NVIDIA has shipped more than eight million NVIDIA nForce MCPs for AMD64 platforms, including NVIDIA nForce4 and NVIDIA nForce3 MCPs for PCI-Express- and AGP-based platforms. In addition, the Company has seen continued sales momentum for its NVIDIA SLI solutions, resulting in hundreds of editorial awards for the Company's worldwide community of add-in card, motherboard, system integrators, and OEM partners. According to the most recent report by industry analyst firm Mercury Research, NVIDIA nForce MCPs now account for approximately 55 percent of the AMD64 market, an increase of seven percent over the previous calendar quarter.
"Our close collaboration with AMD has allowed us the ability to be proactive in the design and development of our NVIDIA nForce MCPs for AMD64-based PC platforms," said Drew Henry, general manager of platform business at NVIDIA. "AMD led the way with the transition to 64-bit computing and its new AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor will help dual-core capability to become pervasive for corporate, small business, and consumer platforms."
Consumers who already own an NVIDIA nForce4 or NVIDIA nForce3-based motherboard or PC and wish to harness the power of the new AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor need to contact their respective motherboard or PC manufacturer about specific support and BIOS updates.
It's good to see that just a BIOS update is enough to get the new chips working in older motherboards.