AMD Quad FX Hits Retail
Anh Tuan Huynh
January 3, 2007 7:16 PM
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The ASUS L1N64-SLI WS
AMD's premium chips hit ... with a price premium, too!
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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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1/5/2007 1:13:47 AM
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:
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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