AMD 4x4 Named Quad FX
Anh Tuan Huynh
November 29, 2006 3:25 PM
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Four cores, four graphics cards, four hard drives, four everything
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.
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
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
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.
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: Does the last graph show power use in Watts?
11/30/2006 12:24:06 AM
If you read my orginal post, I say that the problem is the fact that the motherboard has two very power-hungry chipsets (like 20W more than a comparable ATI alternative, and there are TWO 570s on this board, that's what the 680a entails) and two very power-hungry chips (CPUs). That's why I said it's hardly surprising we saw such a high power draw, an single ATI/VIA/SIS chipset would probably drop the overall power-draw by 40-50W but that's still far from what Intel can do.
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