AMD revs up 4x4

AMD today officially launched its new high-end, four-core computing platform code-named ‘4x4’. Officially called ‘Quad FX’ and featuring ‘Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture’, this technology is AMD’s new flagship enthusiast platform and aimed at power PC users such as gamers and serious users of video and graphics applications.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  November 30, 2006

AMD today officially launched its new high-end, four-core computing platform code-named ‘4x4’. Officially called ‘Quad FX’ and featuring ‘Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture’, this technology is AMD’s new flagship enthusiast platform and aimed at power PC users such as gamers and serious users of video and graphics applications. Designed to power computers that run Microsoft’s forthcoming home OS Windows Vista Ultimate edition, this AMD-proclaimed ‘supreme platform for megatasking enthusiasts’ differs significantly in approach from Intel’s quad-branded CPU launch of earlier this month. Whilst Intel’s quad-core Core 2 Duo chips (and forthcoming Core 2 Quad CPUs) feature four CPU cores inside one processor and this CPU then sits in one motherboard socket, AMD’s Quad FX platform comprises two of the firm’s new dual-core Athlon FX-70 series processors, which are housed in two CPU slots on specially built motherboards (the likes of which vendors are now preparing to launch in the Middle East). These motherboards will also feature two nVidia chipsets that connect individually to each CPU, meaning boards can in turn feature up to four PCI Express slots for graphics card use. “The emergence of a dual-socket consumer platform is critical for enthusiasts who demand systems that offer the sheer power and system headroom to let the enthusiast configure this system to his or her heart’s content, and launch a fleet of entertainment and productivity applications at once,” said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president of AMD’s desktop division. “AMD is redefining performance by enabling our customers to take advantage of the amazing megatasking capability of two AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors in the AMD Quad FX Platform.” Pricing for pairs of AMD’s new Athlon 64 FX-70, FX-72 and FX-74 dual-core processors is US $599, $799 and $999 respectively and these CPUs are expected to hit the Middle East market early next year. AMD’s ‘Quad FX’ is then expected to live up to its true 4x4 billing later into next year, when the firm will launch its own quad-core CPUs. When combined in pairs on a motherboard, these will make for a total of eight processing cores.

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