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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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RE: 4x4 = server?
By Anh Huynh on 7/26/2006 12:34:56 PM , Rating: 3
Regular memory instead of registered-ECC.


RE: 4x4 = server?
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 7/26/2006 2:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yea thats pretty much the only difference. I wanna see them bench this 4x4 against a 2 processor Opteron, and then a 2 Processor Xeon(Woodcrest), just to see what outperforms what, for the pricepoint AMD is talking, this will directly compete with Xeon and Opteron 2 CPU configurations.


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