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AMD September 2006 Roadmap. 65nm processors with a * are slated to sample in December 2006
AMD leaks its 4x4 plans

AMD has leaked its newest roadmaps to press, and DailyTech has received a new refresh outlining AMD’s upcoming dual-core plans. The major changes between the two roadmaps seem to be the addition of Socket-F FX processors, new 90nm processors and a shift in some of the 65nm processor bins.

In AMD's previous June roadmap, projections were estimated all the way out to Q3'07, but this refresh only contains outlook for the next two quarters.  AMD’s Athlon 64 FX lineup will return to sharing a socket with AMD’s server and workstation Opteron lineup.  Instead of using socket AM2 processors for AMD’s 4x4 platform there will be a switch to the land-grid-array Socket-F which may be disappointing to enthusiasts and gamers.  AMD is specifically calling these new processors FX 2-P.

Three new 4x4 processors will arrive with the upcoming November launch of AMD’s enthusiast 4x4 platform. New Athlon Socket-F 64 FX processors include the FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70. These processors will be clocked at 3.0 GHz, 2.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz respectively. All three processors will have a 2x1MB L2 cache configuration and be based on AMD’s Windsor core with a 2000 MHz Hyper Transport frequency. AMD rates the three processors with a 125 watt TDP. Features such as AMD64, NX Bit and Virtualization technologies are supported.

AMD’s mainstream dual-core lineup will receive a couple new updates as well. Also arriving in November will be new Athlon 64 X2 6000+, 5600+, and 5400+. This will be AMD’s first new Athlon 64 X2 processor launch since the launch of the socket AM2 platform—Athlon 64 X2 5200+ excluded. These processors will have 3.0 GHz and 2.8 GHz clock speeds respectively.

Athlon 64 X2 models 6000+ and 5600+ will have a 2x1MB L2 cache configuration while the lower X2 5400+ will have a 2x512KB configuration. AMD rates the TDP for the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ as 125 watts while the lower 5600+ and 5400+ receive 89 watt ratings. Availability is expected in November with no mention of Energy Efficient models.

AMD's 65nm processors received a small reorder; the 4600+ is gone, but AMD has added a new 5000+ chip instead.  The 65nm chips are expected to sample in December 2006, with official shipments still slated for Q1'07. 

Gone from AMD's roadmap are the FX-64 and FX-66 processors.  Although DailyTech had very few details on these chips during the previous roadmap, it appears as though the chips may have just been renamed to the FX-"70" series.  No pricing has been announced for the new FX-70s -- AMD has never released more than one FX series processor in a single launch.  Typically the FX series CPUs are devoted to only a small audience with an extremely high price tag.  Official pricing for the new processors was not revealed.

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By Chillin1248 on 10/3/2006 2:20:42 PM , Rating: 2
May I ask what exactly seperates a 4X4 system from a standard Dual-Socket Opteron workstation... Other than the obvious fact of it using FX unlocked multiplier processors. I am just not seeing what AMD is hyping about, when you can already get it right now just not called 4X4.

Can someone please explain to me what, if I am, missing here?


RE: 4X4
By ajfink on 10/3/06, Rating: 0
RE: 4X4
By GoatMonkey on 10/3/2006 3:12:46 PM , Rating: 1
I think it also does not require registered memory the way Opterons do.

RE: 4X4
By JarredWalton on 10/3/2006 4:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure about the registered RAM requirement, but I'd wager heavily that all socket F will be registered memory. Others are forgetting the other have of the "4x": dual X16 sockets so that you can run 4 GPUs. (Or maybe quad X16? LOL....) Not that it matters, as you get SLI and CF already on single socket platforms. 4x4 is, in a word, marketing.

RE: 4X4
By Zandros on 10/3/2006 5:03:33 PM , Rating: 1
Hm... were not the second "4" about the Hyperthreading links that were available per core?

RE: 4X4
By AstroCreep on 10/3/2006 5:22:09 PM , Rating: 5
Hm... were not the second "4" about the Hyperthreading links that were available per core?

If you meant to say "HyperTransport", then yes, you are correct. ;) 4 cores x 4 direct HTT links.

And JarredWalton, no, according to story DT linked to above, 4x4 will not require ECC RAM (now given, that was before the announcement of dual socket F over dual socket AM2).

RE: 4X4
By Zandros on 10/4/2006 3:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
Well, yes, Hypertransport. I have been brainwashed by Intel. :)

RE: 4X4
By JeffDM on 10/8/2006 9:00:34 AM , Rating: 2
I think it also does not require registered memory the way Opterons do.

Do Opterons really require registered memory? Looking at the Opteron boards, they seem to say supports, but I don't see any requirement. It looks like registered memory is only required if you want the ultra high capacity memory modules, like the ones that double-stack memory chips on both sides of the module. If you stick to standard 1GB modules it should take non-registered, non-ECC memory just fine.

RE: 4X4
By Viditor on 10/4/2006 12:10:30 AM , Rating: 1
May I ask what exactly seperates a 4X4 system from a standard Dual-Socket Opteron workstation...

The multiple SLI...

RE: 4X4
By Viditor on 10/4/2006 12:16:21 AM , Rating: 2 will also take the K8L quad cores when they are released (8x4).

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