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Four cores, four graphics cards, four hard drives, four everything

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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By cochy on 11/29/2006 5:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
Quad Cores, gfx, and drives are certainly not exclusive to this QuadFX platform. So if you ask me it's nothing special at all. In fact, QuadFX suffers from a couple serious problems:

1) Total cost of ownership if you factor everything in will probably be very high (bigger case for e-atx, bigger power supply for 2 FX chips etc.)

2)As far as I know, when Vista comes out, only Ultimate Edition will support two sockets...ugh

Now, IF, AMD would have innovated a little more and come up with a multi socketed AM2 platform, where any two AM2 cpus could be used, now that would be something interesting and special. But as far as QuadFX is concerned now, it's basically a stripped hybrid Opteron platform suffering from an identity crisis.

This platform is pretty much useless to gamers, and the workstation segment is much better off with Opteron.


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