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AMD shows off enthusiast platform performing "mega-tasking"

AMD has been all over the news in the past week, first with its massive price cuts and second with its merger with ATI. In a bid to steal Intel’s quad-core limelight, AMD held a demonstration of its previously announced 4x4 enthusiast platform. The demo placed great emphasis on "mega-tasking," showing the 4x4 system running various multitasking scenarios. Some scenarios included playing games while a video was being encoded in the background or multiple CPU bound applications running simultaneously.  AMD’s demo systems were powered by two unnamed dual-core Athlon 64 FX processors and compared to an Athlon 64 FX-62 equipped system.

During the event, AMD stated end-users should be able to pickup a pair of 4x4 compatible processors for under $1000. Previously, AMD had claimed that the 4x4 platform would be limited to the FX series processors only, and currently all FX series CPUs are priced at least $500.  No specifications were available on bundled 4x4 Athlon 64 FX processors.

AMD 4x4 systems will be NUMA compatible allowing each processor access to its own pair of 240-pin DDR2 memory slots. However, memory capacity appears to be handicapped on 4x4 systems with a maximum of 2GB per processor. There was no mention of Athlon 64 X2 compatibility in 4x4 systems or details on the motherboards.


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Demo results
By bozilla on 7/26/2006 5:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
So what are the results of the new 4x4 platform when they ran it against those FX processors. Those tests sound like something that we are able to do with ease even today, the significant difference should be performance, but I'm just curious to see what kind of a boost they got with these new 4x4 processors.




RE: Demo results
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 7/26/2006 7:09:25 AM , Rating: 4
Unfortunately, there were no metrics demonstrated -- only the fact that the machine was running and the applications were as well.


RE: Demo results
By OrSin on 7/26/2006 9:10:03 AM , Rating: 2
What is the big deal. You can get dual server boards already and at least one of them you dont need ECC memory and it has a PCI-E slot. Dual Opt right now are most cost freindly them the FX chips so I'm still missing something here.


RE: Demo results
By retrospooty on 7/26/2006 11:52:06 AM , Rating: 2
It pretty much is a dual opteron setup. It's just being marketed to high end consumers, rather than the server space.

The only really "big deal" is that Intel's upcoming quad core implementation is said to be lacking.


RE: Demo results
By Anh Huynh on 7/26/2006 12:32:30 PM , Rating: 2
Only difference is it uses regular memory and you have greater BIOS tweaking features.


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