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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 Phenick on 11/29/2006 8:56:47 PM , Rating: -1
Do you not understand how heat works.... Put two power hungry cpu dies right next to each other and you have alot more to worry about when it comes to overclocking and cooling... Two totally different cpu sockets means you have margins to play in... I could care less how much power the stuff needs, as long as it does not limit me in using the product...

And to the graphs, does anyone remember socket AM2 being WORSE then 939 up until the week of launch.... The fact that we have improved performance this early is a good sign in itself... Not to mention this is using AMDs 90nm process still and by the time it matters, they will have switched to 65... Maybe Intel will have the 45nm stuff coming by then or at least road mapped to come...

My biggest point is that fun, new, interesting.... INNOVATION. That is what we as enthusiasts are looking for is it not... This is that...

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.

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