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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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Shipping in pairs?
By MonkeyPaw on 11/29/2006 4:49:03 PM , Rating: 1
If they are selling them in pairs, that's pretty cool. Instead of buying one overpriced CPU, you get 2 SMP CPUs for what ends up being a more reasonable price. The 2.4ghz Socket F Opterons are selling for $460 alone! Still, energy consumption will be ridiculous, though I doubt the "slower" QuadFXs will actually consume 125W each, especially once we see 65nm K8s. Perhaps QuadFX would make a good server/workstation? I guess it all depends on how it compares to Core 2 Quad.

RE: Shipping in pairs?
By mlittl3 on 11/29/06, Rating: 0
RE: Shipping in pairs?
By shabby on 11/29/2006 8:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
Dont hold your breathe for 2 quadcore cpu's costing 1000 bucks.

RE: Shipping in pairs?
By Lakku on 11/30/2006 12:19:40 AM , Rating: 2
Well, first of all, you can't use those CPU's in any other consumer level motherboard but the socket F 4x4 boards. I'm going to assume you need to use them in pairs, otherwise they'd lose a lot of money if they could be used by themselves on one of these 4x4 boards or a server/workstation board. And I HIGHLY doubt they will release two quad cores for 1k, seeing as how they are doing this now to compete with Intel for quad cores. Once they get to one package, they will go back to 1k for 4 cores/1 CPU. Either way, Intel wouldn't be able to compete even if they did? I doubt it, because the last thing AMD needs to do is get into a price war with Intel, who has at least 3 or 4 times the manufacturing compacity of AMD, and probably multiple times the cash reserves. Intel would compete and most likely win in that situation.

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