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ASUS L1N64-SLI WS to be the first 4x4 motherboard

DailyTech 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.

Expect 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 upcoming AMD Stars processors.

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By electriple9 on 11/20/2006 10:54:12 PM , Rating: 2
Are these prices for the pair
$999/1132/1500 -> FX-70/72/74
Also will this board work with regular ddr2 ram, or will it require fb-dimms

RE: Price
By Archmaille on 11/20/2006 11:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I know those prices will be for pairs. At a LAN Party here in Kansas City we had a rep from AMD come and said they would be selling the 4 x 4 chips as pairs and not individually. Regular DDR2 from what I know... but of course I'm not an expert or anything.

RE: Price
By vanka on 11/21/2006 12:49:35 AM , Rating: 2
Also will this board work with regular ddr2 ram, or will it require fb-dimms

FB-DIMMS are an Intel invention, I really don't see AMD using them.

RE: Price
By JumpingJack on 11/21/2006 1:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
Are these prices for the pair
$999/1132/1500 -> FX-70/72/74
Also will this board work with regular ddr2 ram, or will it require fb-dimms

Yes, indeed they are for the pair. AMD will sell them in 'kits' to go with the 4x4. I have not heard nor read if AMD plans to package the CPU's individually.... since the FX-7X series will become the enthusiast flagship, the FX-6X series will likely be retired or live a long side.

It is not clear if AMD plans to discontinue any more speed bumps to keep an FX CPU for AM2 or if they will let the AM2 FX brand die. I doubt they would as this would really over focus their ultra-enthusiast market to an exclusive solution. AMD is all about choice, I doubt they would want to project anything different.

The 4x4 is reworked to accept non-registered, non-ECC DDR2, i.e. regular old DRAM. What this means is they are going to get a little more performance and sacrifice some stability. That is not to say it will not be stable, it will... but unlike a workstation or server you may have a few BSOD due to memory errors that would have otherwise been corrected.

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