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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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RE: Yah well...
By edpsx on 11/29/2006 6:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
Just because you put two cores on one die doesnt make it "true" dual core. The original design only allowed for one core to talk to anything at any one time, essentially leaving one core sitting idle till either the system bus was done or the other cpu was done doing whatever. I dont know if they changed it since then or if the die shrink alone added this performance. AMD's dual core allows for both cores to work simultaneously together or seperate allowing for a much more effecient working process. Im not a fanboy by any means but in the long run it just seems to me that AMD's design will eventually win out. Intel is just a powerhouse due to the amount of capitol they have.

RE: Yah well...
By cochy on 11/29/2006 9:13:39 PM , Rating: 2
Actually if you do research there are pro's and con's to both AMD's method and Intel's method. Also if you do research you will see that both methods do not any raw performance benefits over the other. Maybe there are theoretical ones, but we all live in the real world for the time being at least.

RE: Yah well...
By zsdersw on 11/29/2006 9:56:33 PM , Rating: 1
Oh please.. not this "true" multi-core crap again. Two cores in one processor package is "dual-core".. period. Four cores in one processor package is "quad-core".. period.

Aside from that, your comments about the "long run" are also totally ridiculous. Apparently you've never heard of Intel's Nehalem; four cores on one piece of silicon. Where did you get the idea that two pieces of silicon on one chip package is going to be the be-all-end-all of how Intel does multi-core chips?

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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