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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 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:

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