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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 Phenick on 11/29/2006 8:11:00 PM , Rating: 1
Core 2 is a better product for sure right now... Which I own and use and enjoy... But the Core 2 Quad is a joke and a waste in my opinion... I am not an AMD fanboy in the least I just do not understand how people cannot see the benefit of a dual cpu setup... If not for any reason other then... It's fun... I used to run dual Xeon systems and it was a blast... However the lack of enthusiast level hardware support made it a less powerful system for games and so I never went dual cpu again... If roadmaps don't change for Intel or AMD for a year.... This time next year I will own an 8 core Quad FX system... I will bet money when that happens, Intel won't have similar performance numbers.... Right now Core 2 Extreme is fine for me... 2 Core2 dice on one package doesn't interest me for the price, the performance just does not impress me at all... and it isn't any more fun to play with.... Freaking power hog...

RE: Yah well...
By ShapeGSX on 11/29/2006 8:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
So 2 AMD chips on a motherboard is fun, but 4 Intel cores in one package is a "power hog?" Huh?

Did you miss this graph?

Which one is the power hog, again?

RE: Yah well...
By Phenick on 11/29/06, Rating: -1
RE: Yah well...
By ShapeGSX on 11/29/2006 9:31:15 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't innovation. This is a server platform. It has been done for years.

Have you seen the threads on xtremesystems that show the overclockability and performance of the Intel Core 2 Quad parts? They still blow the AMD stuff right out of the water. They don't seem to be having problems with having the two dies sitting in the same package. Intel doesn't have a problem doing this.

Of course, AMD is stuck on 90nm at the moment, so they don't have that option.

Funny that the company that trumpeted their power savings over the competition just 9 months ago is now releasing a power hungry platform like this.

RE: Yah well...
By Steve Guilliot on 11/29/2006 9:54:38 PM , Rating: 3
Have some more koolaid to wash down that helping of hyper-bole.

The superior performance and overclockability of C2Q vs. 4x4 belie all that blustering you just subjected us to. The situation may change next year after AMD launches K8L, but then you are just replacing inaccuracies with speculation; equally useless.

RE: Yah well...
By cochy on 11/29/2006 9:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
lol well if it's fun for you then do it. But you are confused in that the current trend in the cpu industry is to more cores in a single package. Guess you won't be having fun to much longer ;)

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