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AMD diverts resources from the Quad FX platform development the same year it promises Quad FX is the enthusiast future

AMD excited many technology enthusiasts last year when it introduced the Quad FX platform. AMD representatives touted this platform as the next big thing from AMD.

AMD apparently talked up its Quad FX enthusiast platform so well that Intel decided to roll out a competing product in its unreleased Skulltrail platform. When the Quad FX platform first hit market in January of 2007 it seemed doomed from the start to many with steep price premiums for the mainboards and the processors. These price premiums led to the lethargic adoption of the platform.

According to The Tech Report AMD representative Suzy Pruitt commented on the future of Quad FX. “The short answer is that while there are still engineering resources focused on future platform offerings that build off Quad FX, the current energy and effort has gone into programs and product initiatives like Spider and AMD has discontinued future planning and development of its eight-core enthusiast platform at this time.”

Pruitt continued, “We will continue to support customers that have an existing Quad FX with DSDC and are also working on an upgrade path for those customers. While AMD is not actively promoting AMD Opteron processor as a 2P enthusiast solution, we recognized that there are enthusiasts who are looking for two-socket solutions and think an Opteron platform is well-suited to meet that demand at this time.”

After all the promises ad statements by AMD that Quad FX was the companies enthusiast future, AMD has apparently decided to all but kill the platform off. The few enthusiasts who plunked down the big dollars required to adopt the platform should be feeling a bit uncomfortable right now.

AMD promises to continue support for the platform. However, AMD also promised the platform was the future and the company has all but killed it off the same year. The best Quad FX owners can look forward to is an upgrade to Opteron processors that work with the Quad FX mainboards.

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RE: Bad news for the junkie
By MPE on 11/29/2007 5:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
Get me interchangeable processors on a Graphics card and I will invest in that.

That sounds good but I am unsure how effective that would be when considering things like memory, controllers, video processor and etc would remain the same.

Not to mention, I doubt video card manufacturers would extend their products life cycle (aka less cards sold).

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By MonkeyPaw on 11/29/2007 5:51:27 PM , Rating: 3
Not to mention that the cost of an entire graphics card is less than that of the system it goes into. For example, an 8800GT is $220-250, and is considered upper-mid-range. Comparably, an upper-mid CPU+Mobo+RAM combo is going to easily cost $400+. Buying an 8800GTX for $500-799 is like buying the best motherboard and CPU you can buy, and we all know that costs way more. I know it's not the most elegant example, but the reality is that while interchangeable parts are great for customization, they don't make things cheaper than if the entire system is integrated. The moral of the story is that it's cheaper in the long run because the manufacturer mass-assembled the card for us. Incorporating slots and sockets on a daughterboard would increase prices across the board, not to mention that now cards would have to have BIOS's with more complexity to detect changes. No thank you.

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By 16nm on 11/29/2007 8:04:06 PM , Rating: 3
I want the entire system integrated onto the processor. I want to just plug my monitor, keyboard and mouse directly into the processor and go. I want it cheap and FAST! How long do I have to wait for this?

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By GeorgeOrwell on 11/29/2007 8:51:27 PM , Rating: 5
You can buy it today. It's called One Laptop Per Child.

It is so advanced, you do not even have to plug in your monitor, keyboard, or mouse.

You just turn it on and your future will be so fast, you'll have to stomp on your disc brakes.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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