AMD 4x4 Motherboard Details Unveiled
Anh Tuan Huynh
November 20, 2006 3:31 PM
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ASUS L1N64-SLI WS to be the first 4x4 motherboard
has obtained a couple of images of an upcoming motherboard for AMD’s 4x4 enthusiast platform. The motherboard is an ASUS L1N64-SLI WS powered by two NVIDIA nForce 680a MCPs. Two socket-1207 processors are supported with four memory slots—two slots per processor. With two nForce 680a MCPs the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS features 12 SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and one PATA for storage connectivity. There’s also an additional e.SATA port on the back I/O as well.
As far as PCI Exress goes the L1N64-SLI WS features a grand total of four PCI Express x16 slots for plenty of SLI and SLI physics processing power. Due to space limitations the L1N64-SLI WS only has one PCI and PCIe x1 slots.
Networking features of the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS include dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. The onboard Gigabit Ethernet features
NVIDIA’s FirstPacket, DualNet, Teaming and TCP/IP offload technologies.
Audio is powered by a high definition audio codec with optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs. It is unknown which codec ASUS has equipped the L1N64-SLI WS with, though it could be
Analog Devices or Realtek
. The board is not legacy free and still has PS/2 and parallel ports.
Due to the complex design of AMD’s 4x4 platform, the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS uses an eATX form factor which will not fit in smaller cases. Since dual processors require a little extra power, ASUS has equipped the L1N64-SLI WS with an 8-pin EPS12v and Molex power connectors.
U.S. distributors claim the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS will have an MSRP of $480 without bundles, but the street price will probably be much less.
AMD’s 4x4 enthusiast platform to arrive later this month with three Athlon FX processors—FX-70, FX-72 and FX-74
. It is unknown if the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS will be compatible
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11/20/2006 7:16:51 PM
Just because it is not Intel doesnt mean it sucks. Performance numbers are what matters not the fact it does not contains the new poster child chip.
Yes this system is likely going to be overkill for a desktop or gaming rig but what is so wrong with that? Dont forget that Intel isnt the winner on multi core servers(over dual core) so simply replacing with Xenons is not automatically going to improve performance they need a chipset and analog to hypertransport to use them effecently. When Intel can improve performance with more than 2 cores that that kind of argument might work. The 4 core processor of Intel is simply 2 dual cores shoved together with no effective communication or optimization between the two like this MB has perhaps that is where the confusion is.
11/25/2006 10:17:28 AM
said "The 4 core processor of Intel is simply 2 dual cores shoved together with no effective communication or optimization between the two like this MB has perhaps that is where the confusion is."
Well. If the 2 core don't communicate, then how Intel could do that with same number of socket pins that AMD couldn't do.
Having two CPUs communicate through the motherboard and over long distance in AMD approach, I wonder how much latency and transmission loss that would be. In any case, the 4x4 performance is better wow people to justify the expensive design and box space. When will it suppose to come out? There are only 4 working days left of this month.
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