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PC Watch has the scoop on AMD’s upcoming 4x4 enthusiasts platform. The article claims AMD dubbed its 4x4 platform Quad FX. The upcoming Quad FX platform is based around NVIDIA’s unannounced nForce 680a chipset with SLI compatibility. DailyTech previously revealed images of ASUS’ nForce 680a offering—L1N64-SLI WS. Initial Quad FX systems will be powered by AMD dual-core processors, though the platform should be compatible with AMD’s upcoming Stars processors.

AMD is expected to launch Quad FX with three processors initially—the FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70. AMD is shipping the FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70 in pairs at $999, $799 and $599 respectively. This undercuts Intel’s recently released quad-core Kentsfield Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor priced at $999.

The processors will utilize AMD’s socket F and feature a 125 watt TDP and manufactured using a 90nm SOI process. Unlike AMD’s workstation Opteron 2200 series processors, AMD Quad FX systems will not require registered DIMMs and function with regular unbuffered DDR2.

PC Watch has also posted benchmarks of the upcoming Quad FX platform as well. The early numbers do not favor too well against Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX6700 though.

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Does the last graph show power use in Watts?
By mattsaccount on 11/29/2006 4:44:40 PM , Rating: 4
The x axis is labeled "Watt". Can anyone confirm what this graph is showing us?

By Nightmare225 on 11/29/2006 5:37:26 PM , Rating: 3
Holy... If that's what I think it is... AMD's getting it's butt kicked.

RE: Does the last graph show power use in Watts?
By johnsonx on 11/29/2006 5:58:13 PM , Rating: 3
I ran the page through Google's translation engine, and it seems clear that graph is showing idle power consumption, along with consumption with two loads. Google doesn't translate the image itself, so I don't know exactly what the top and bottom bar labels say (but obviously the top one must be idle power draw).

Clearly though, AMD's QuadFX power consumption is FAR higher than Intel's Quad Core. It's funny how fast the tables turn: a couple of years ago, AMD consumed less power, and Intel's most extreme offering couldn't catch AMD even with a big clock-speed advantage. Now Intel consumes less power, and AMD's most extreme (absurd?) offering can't catch Intel, even with a clock-speed advantage.

By aGreenAgent on 11/29/2006 9:18:44 PM , Rating: 2
It would be ironic, except it's to be expected. Intel Quad Core = 1 chip. QuadFX = 2 chips. So I wouldn't be surprised if QuadFX used almost double.

And the tables haven't turned more than expected. Intel has a performance lead. AMD releases a new generation, gets performance lead. Intel releases new generation, gets performance lead (currently). The tables won't turn until AMD can't beat Intel with their next gen processor.

Also, this isn't new chips or anything, it's a new platform. If I remember correctly, the only difference in the chips is that they've been worked for multiple chips.

RE: Does the last graph show power use in Watts?
By Furen on 11/29/2006 6:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
Not surprising at all considering that the Nforce5 is the most power-hungry chipset in existence (talk about overly dramatic). This motherboard has two of them and two very power hungry chips.

RE: Does the last graph show power use in Watts?
By clayclws on 11/29/2006 6:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
NFORCE 5 Series? I think I read NFORCE 680a . I'm sure I am reading the same article...

By KristopherKubicki on 11/29/2006 6:51:31 PM , Rating: 2
the nForce 600 series is based on nForce 500. Some would even argue the chips are nearly identical.

RE: Does the last graph show power use in Watts?
By clayclws on 11/29/2006 6:55:33 PM , Rating: 2
So...the chipset in the motherboard is using all that power? Is that what you mean? I thought it was the other components like the CPU...

By shabby on 11/29/2006 7:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
No no dont be silly, its the chipsets fault not amd's...

By KristopherKubicki on 11/29/2006 7:02:29 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I have no idea is what using all of that power. I would assume it's the two CPUs and the chipset.

RE: Does the last graph show power use in Watts?
By Thorburn on 11/29/2006 7:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
It seems likely that its the two 125w TDP processors :)
The chipsets will most likely be in the 15-25w range, thats why they have SMALL heatsinks and the processors have BIG heatsinks....

By Furen on 11/30/2006 12:24:06 AM , Rating: 2
If you read my orginal post, I say that the problem is the fact that the motherboard has two very power-hungry chipsets (like 20W more than a comparable ATI alternative, and there are TWO 570s on this board, that's what the 680a entails) and two very power-hungry chips (CPUs). That's why I said it's hardly surprising we saw such a high power draw, an single ATI/VIA/SIS chipset would probably drop the overall power-draw by 40-50W but that's still far from what Intel can do.

By AnnihilatorX on 11/30/2006 3:56:28 AM , Rating: 3
On Y Axis from Top to Bottom:

When Idle

CineBench 95 - Multiple CPU Rendering

Video Encoding

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