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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 Denithor on 11/30/2007 8:49:12 AM , Rating: 1
Get me interchangeable processors on a Graphics card and I will invest in that.

This is actually similar to a thought I've had for a while now. How come they don't put a GPU socket directly on the motherboard instead of an entire card that connects by a relatively slow socket with limited bandwidth?

I mean come on, if we can install a CPU in a socket why not a GPU as well? Just chose a motherboard with the applicable sockets, buy the chips, and away you go. And a year down the road when the GPU is getting old replace just the chip itself at far lower cost than replacing an entire card.

This would also result in less e-waste going into the landfills (I know, I would never toss electronics but many people don't even know better or are too lazy to be bothered with proper disposal).

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By Gul Westfale on 11/30/2007 9:38:34 AM , Rating: 2
because a new chip like an 8800 would be handicapped by the small memory interface and slow memory chips of an older card.

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By ceefka on 11/30/2007 11:10:56 AM , Rating: 2
Then perhaps GPUs should also have HT(2/3) and On Board Memory Controller, maybe even their own memory slot. It makes sense, but I doubt if it is any cheaper in the long run.

RE: Bad news for the junkie
By latrosicarius on 12/5/2007 1:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
Video cards nowadays use GDDR3 RAM, anywhere from 256MB to 768MB. You would have to add more RAM to the system to make up the difference.

"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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