AMD Quad FX costs an arm and a leg

AMD Quad FX costs an arm and a leg

Summary: AMD Quad FX processors and compatible motherboard are now available for consumers to buy, but only if you have the cash.

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TOPICS: Processors
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AMD Quad FX processors and compatible motherboard are now available for consumers to buy, but only if you have the cash.

Having done some research I can only find the Quad FX CPUs and the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS motherboards at Newegg and ZipZoomfly.  Both retailers stock the whole AMD Quad FXrange of Quad FX CPUs and prices at Newegg are as follows:

Over on ZipZoomfly the prices are marginally lower:

ASUS Quad FX motherboardPrices for the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS are also high.  It comes in at $429.99 at Newegg and $379.99 at ZipZoomfly.  Putting this together it means that two FX-72 processors and a compatible motherboard would set you back nearly $1,500.  On top of that you need RAM, a decent graphics card, an insane PSU, and of course Windows Vista Ultimate to support the whole thing. 

At the end of all that spending you get a pricey rig which offers dubious benefits.

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Topic: Processors

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  • I thought the CPUs were paired?

    I was almost sold on this until you made that point. If they are sold for a paired price of $550, and with a $400 dollar motherboard, they would be worth their weight and competitive against the QX6700 that Intel released, but if they are around $1500 for just mobo and CPU, we are not being so competitive.

    AMD should have been first to allow other vendors into the market and produce motherboards, then perhaps this would be a worthy venture. Right now as things stand, I could build a Intel Dual Core, Dual Proc server for less than I can a AMD Dual Core Gaming box. What is wrong with this picture?
    nucrash
    • Motherboard is made by another vendor

      "AMD should have been first to allow other vendors into the market and produce motherboards, then perhaps this would be a worthy venture. "

      The motherboard is made by another vendor.. ASUS.. Would probably cost even more if AMD made their own.
      lenohere
  • Who in their right mind would buy this?

    On top of what you said, which is enough to laugh this platform out of consideration, it :
    - Requires huge amounts of energy to run by comparison
    - Will be obsolete in 12 months - even if it's quad code ready
    - Has no DDR3 support which will happen by end of year
    - There is no software that will use it's potential before 2010
    - Has horrible latency issues between the dual core sockets

    It is amazing to me that anyone in their right mind would blow a grand for this PC version of a Hummer. Clearly, this is a futile attempt by AMD to come up with ANYTHING to address the Core 2 Duo problem it has.
    Prognosticator
  • Supply and Demand

    Take care of everything.
    It's like the weather--wait a few hours, it'll change. ;)
    D T Schmitz
    • For that price...

      Things will definitely change for it.. Supply will be up.. Demand way down...
      lenohere