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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 mmntech on 11/29/2007 9:57:25 PM , Rating: 0
All the "Fatal1ty" wannabes. I wish they'd send some money my way if they've got so much excess. Will work for SLI.
At one time, you could upgrade GPU memory. Apple had a few machines like this back in the day.

Multi-core processors will never totally replace the GPU. GPUs are a specialized processor designed specifically for calculating matrices. GPUs are still significantly more powerful than any CPU on the market in terms of raw GFLOPS. It's actually more efficient to build processors designed to accomplish one specific task than to try and design one that has to be capable of doing everything. With general processors, there's always some performance trade offs concerning specific tasks. That's why GPUs and other sub processors came out in the first place.

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By Gul Westfale on 11/29/2007 10:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
weren't the original quadFX chips little more than rebranded opterons? so what is stopping the owners of these boards from upgrading to faster opterons?

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By murphyslabrat on 12/3/2007 12:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I have owned two ATI RAGE 128 PRO AGP's that had expandable memory via so-dimm socket. Also, the same GPU integrated into mobos often had the same feature. Also, some mobos with IGP's had expandability via headless AGP VRAM card. An example of this was with dell's optiplex series.

My point is that this has been done, but to buy a low-volume part to marginally increase performance (look at comparisons between 256MB and 512MB graphics card variants), while increasing cost to an, at best, relative ratio....

Not a good tradeoff

"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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