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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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More Interesting on Vista
By rupaniii on 7/26/2006 8:24:33 AM , Rating: 2
Since Vista is, as can be seen in the beta, going to hog all system resources for itself to schedule, I am interested in how the Dual Core Dual CPU Platform will work out on Vista, be it here or on Opteron. I'd think AMD would actually impliment a unified thread scheduler across processors in order to maximize single process performance while taking full advantage of the hardware in multithreaded environmnets (on Athlon X2/4x4, not Opteron please). Perhaps the L3 UniCache will do so per processor anyway. Most interesting will be rendering on Vista with Dual GPUs (perhaps just Crossfire by then!? ATi+ AMD). To see how Vista distributes the workload, and if the Drivers can direct it in the right way. Sofar, the OS is interesting and disturbing all at once.




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