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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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Intel will kill 4x4 in all benchmarks
By photoguy99 on 7/26/2006 12:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the problem - anyone buying one of these systems is willing to shell out some bucks for speed.

However if you're willing to shell out some bucks for speed, just buy a dual woodcrest (xeon) system.

Not cheap but it would totally crush the AMD system (2 x Core2 Extreme effectively).

Oh yes, and it wouldn't be crippled to 4GB system memory.

I may not need more than 4GB now but out of principle I'm not buying an intentionally memory crippled 64-bit system.

RE: Intel will kill 4x4 in all benchmarks
By johnsonx on 7/26/2006 12:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
Same way the cow from the Bar-T ranch is different from the cow at the Bar-S ranch... Branding son, Branding!

By johnsonx on 7/26/2006 12:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
HEY! I know I clicked the reply link for the post below. This comment system has it's little quirks.

I think I know why too... someone else was posting a reply to the same message, which must have changed the message ID's during my typing; thus when I clicked 'Post Comment', it ended up in the wrong spot.

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