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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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RE: Yah well...
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 11/29/2006 6:31:50 PM , Rating: 5
AMD's original roadmaps last year showed the company was working on 65nm processors with two dice on the same package. This project seemed to have gone to the wayside due to K8L -- the native quad-core design.

Of course the argument on whether or not a dual/quad chip is glueless is ridiculous. I have never seen a single solid argument as to why a multi-die package should not be considered multi-core.


RE: Yah well...
By johnsonx on 11/29/2006 10:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
Kristopher,

The solid argument is that Intel did it with two dies, which is therefore wrong, while AMD did it right with a single dual-core die. Doing multi-core with multiple dies will not become correct until AMD does it, at which point it will be correct because of the *special way* AMD does it. Indeed, at that point, if Intel is using a single die that will become wrong.


RE: Yah well...
By Marcus Pollice on 11/30/2006 12:53:07 AM , Rating: 2
What people seem to forget is that Smithfield was one single die. Only with Presler they simply combined 2 Cedar Mills as they can achieve better yields that way.

The only argument one can bring up is the way the cores communicate with each other. Since Intels "FSB-hampered" MCMs don't scale considerably worse than a "native" dual-core (we have yet to see if that applies to quad-core as well), you cant argue its not multi-core. As long as performance scaling is there it doesn't matter how it is done.


RE: Yah well...
By Chillin1248 on 11/30/2006 12:47:10 AM , Rating: 3
Anyone notice that the Intel system in the test had 2X1GB RAM modules and the AMD system had 4X1GB RAM modules (2X1GB per CPU) total? And they were still defeated in benchmarks where memory bandwith counts, interesting.

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