AMD Demonstrates Enthusiast 4x4 Platform
Anh Tuan Huynh
July 26, 2006 12:24 AM
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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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4x4 != Server
7/26/2006 11:00:08 PM
Servers require ECC memory, which ups reliability for a rather large increase in cost. ECC memory does not like being run 'out of spec' (eg. overclocked). Also, name a server that supports overclocking. No motherboard supporting 2 physical processors or more can overclock to any real extreme. This is going to be a very demanding system power wise and motherboard wise (at least in order to overclock it, and its an marketed towards the extreme enthusiast so...). I would not simply brand this as a "server"-I'm sure AMD has some more tricks up their sleeve (RD600 on an HTX slot anyone?). We need more details!
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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