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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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RE: 4x4
By JumpingJack on 11/21/2006 12:02:10 AM , Rating: 3
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AMD has the superior platform. AMD's 4x4 can regulate individual voltages and speeds per core. Must more efficient and stable.


You are bit confused on what is what. 4X4 will house plain old vanilla K8 CPUs, it is nothing more than a reworked Socket F 1206 LGA Pin CPU sporting two sockest to take 2 dual cores to get a core count of 4 and cannot gate or clock each core individually as a power saving mechanism.

AMD does not have a quad core part yet (true, native, glued or otherwise), what you are confusing is the individual core throttling to save power in individual sleep states which is suppose to be introduced in K8L, not until Aug-Sept of next year.
http://dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=2388

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K8L has a few other highlights, including dynamic powering of sections of the processor -- a page taken straight out of Intel's Yonah playbook.


Interesting you state superior when Intel has already implemented a much superior power consumption mechanism in Core 2 Duo with gated power transistor, where parts of the CPU can sleep when not utilized, even when other parts or execution units are under load.

AMD makes good CPUs, but on this call you are completely, humorously, naively, incredibly wrong.


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