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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 details needed
By peternelson on 7/26/2006 9:58:44 AM , Rating: 2
Anandtech!

We need MORE details please.

Try to find out what processors they were using, and which others might be supported eg can I buy 5000+ dualcore now and stick it in a 4x4 board later?

Try to find out if the dimms could be 2GB each giving 8GB.

Try to find out what chipset was on the board, and who made it?

Try to find out whether there are extra I/O channels provided, and how many hypertransport channels, and do the new boards have HTX slots?

And some launch date in 2006?




RE: More details needed
By Garreye on 7/27/2006 4:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure they're just as interested to know these details as we are...once they know, we'll know...


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