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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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By Pitbulll0669 on 1/3/2007 9:47:15 PM , Rating: -1
well here is the bad have to buy 2 of them they dont come in pairs!they are FRIGGIN NUTS!!!!

By tdawg on 1/3/2007 9:55:08 PM , Rating: 3
Everything published to this point says that these are sold in pairs. Didn't AMD even state that there would be two per box? No reason AMD would think they could sell only one of these at $350--for the lowest end one--and actually get people to buy one, let alone two.

I didn't check Zipzoomfly, but I'm guessing Newegg's description and specs pages for these processors is incomplete and they will soon post the fact that these come in pairs.

By BaronMatrix on 1/3/2007 10:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
$700 for two FX60s is not a bad deal. Check out for owner comments. There are reviews everywhere and QFX is better on Vista than on XP so it will give C2Q a run for its money.

By ScythedBlade on 1/4/2007 6:02:17 AM , Rating: 3
Doesn't every CPU suffer a performance hit under Vista?

By mino on 1/4/2007 6:20:18 AM , Rating: 1
Well, depends on the architecture.

FX suffers hugely in XP due to bad NUMA support so Vista will help it significantly.

As for FX, the best way is to buy an 2.6GHz K8 FX-70 for $350 now along with the mobo, and one has an open path up 2 3.2GHz K8L... provided the performance will be necessary.

By androticus on 1/5/2007 1:13:47 AM , Rating: 2

FX suffers hugely in XP due to bad NUMA support so Vista will help it significantly.

I read recently that Microsoft will only be providing advanced NUMA support in Vista Ultimate. If this is true, FX (and Core 2 Quad, perhaps to a lesser degree) won't be particularly better on Vista (Normal Human Edition) than on XP, especially counting the seeming performance hit you get in Vista (ex. anandtech or toms recently tested a whack of games and they all performed worse, often much worse, on Vista vs XP -- so much for the "ultimate PC gaming platform".)

It is even mentioned in AMD's own press release:

By mino on 1/4/2007 6:37:00 AM , Rating: 2
Newegg decided to sell them individually, thats the reason $599 FX-70 "retails" for $350.

IMO it makes sense, $350 for FX-60 and $550 for FX-64 is not a bad deal after all.

By androticus on 1/5/2007 1:27:32 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure both newegg and zzf are misdescribing those processors -- I could have sworn that AMD said that the part numbers for these guys were for TWO cpus in a box, not one. i.e, by definition, FX-70 is the part number for 2 cpus, with there not being such a thing as one -- of course i could be wrong, but those prices are nasty, who would want to pay 350 bucks for a middling AMD cpu that is ass-kicked by even a low-end C2D??? let alone 2 of them, plus a $400 mb and a--what???--600W+ ps???

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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