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AMD's premium chips hit ... with a price premium, too!

The Tech Report reports AMD Quad FX processors and accompanying motherboard are available in retail. All is not well for AMD’s Quad FX platform, though. While the Athlon 64 FX-70 series and ASUS L1N64-SLI WS are available, there’s a steep price premium on processors and the required motherboard.

There are only two retailers that carry the necessary Quad FX products: Newegg and ZipZoomFly. AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors of all speed grades are available from Newegg while ZipZoomFly only has the Athlon 64 FX-70 in stock.

Obtaining the required ASUS L1N64-SLI WS is a challenge as neither retailer has it in stock.  Pricing of the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS is $429.99 and $379.99 from Newegg and ZipZoomFly respectively, $30-80 higher than the expected $349.99 MSRP.

Nevertheless, AMD Quad FX parts are indeed available in retail. Expect to pay a $129-181 premium to have AMD’s power flagship.

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8 Core Upgrade Path?
By phaxmohdem on 1/3/2007 8:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
I would give serious thought to this platform over a C2D if there was some assurance of a K8L 8 Core upgrade path.

RE: 8 Core Upgrade Path?
By retrospooty on 1/3/2007 11:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
I would give serious consideration to just waiting for the K8L and see how well it performs vs Intel's offering at the time. Right now, Intel obviously has the advantage, but that may change.

RE: 8 Core Upgrade Path?
By mino on 1/4/2007 6:33:26 AM , Rating: 2
The fact AMD officialy states that and even considers it a major selling poit is not sufficient ??

Well, the better assurence may come form some insurrance company :).

FYI AMD could not afford to make K8L incompatible with QuadFX and SocketF platforms(it means the same essentially). That would hurt them enormously in the server space. Almost every server customer would be outraged.

However if one does not need a machine now, to wait for AM2+ in Q3 may not be a bad idea.

AFAIK it is allways a good idea to wait...and wait...and...

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