AMD's 4x4 to cost "around $1,000"

AMD's 4x4 to cost "around $1,000"

Summary: More details are beginning to appear about AMD's upcoming 4x4 dual-socket processor platform.  It's rumored that 4x4 will launch on November 14th, but so far this has not been confirmed.

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More details are beginning to appear about AMD's upcoming 4x4 dual-socket processor platform. 

It's rumored that 4x4 will launch on November 14th, but so far this has not been confirmed.  What was confirmed however by AMD's desktop marketing director Leslie Sobon last Friday is the following:

  • The 4x4 launch will be a joint AMD/NVIDIA effort
  • An entry-level 4x4 system will cost "about $1,000", so it's not going to be cheap
  • 4x4 systems will be upgradable to quad-core processors expected to launch mid-2007
  • AMD expects that more than 20 multi-threading games will be available in 2007
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And now onto the speculation:

  • 4x4 motherboards will be manufactured by Asus and feature an updated version of the Nforce 680i chipset
  • 4x4 will debut with three processors:
    - FX-70 (2.6GHz, 2MB L2 cache)
    - FX-72 (2.8GHz, 2MB L2 cache)
    - FX-74 (3.0GHz, 2MB L2 cache)
    All are based on the 90nm Windsor core
  • The FX-76 (3.2GHz, 2MB L2 cache) will follow sometime during the second quarter of 2007
  • Windows Vista Ultimate Edition will be required to take advantage of the dual-processor system

I have to admit that I'm not sold on 4x4.  Software support for this kind of setup is scarce and the price is too high (I'd expected that an entry-level 4x4 would be about $850). 

Currently 4x4 just seems like a good way for AMD to sell more hardware without offering much in the way of benefits.  I still think that your money is best spent on an Intel's Core 2 Duo system, at least until software that supports the setup becomes available. 

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  • Nforce chipset

    Is AMD going to support Nvidia on this thing as well as use ATI's chipset? It sends shudders through me trying to think of how I'm going to get Linux running with an Nvidia kernel, and ATI in the mix.
    pesky_z
    • That's the info I have at present ...

      ... I found it a little hard to believe too, but that's what I've been told (can't confirm this yet though I'm afraid).
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Do they even make 1.5KWatt power supplies?

    In addition to the cost and cooling one of these behemoths, it seems like an awful lot hardware for anything for practical use.

    By the time software takes advantage of this capability, far better and cooler technology will be there. This reminds me of AMD's "gotta have it now" push for 64bits in 2003. Huge investment and zero return for 3 years.
    Prognosticator
    • Hey, don't knock it!

      It'll make a nice heater for winter! ;-)
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Windows Vista Ultimate Only?

    "Windows Vista Ultimate Edition will be required to take advantage of the dual-processor system"

    Should be:

    "Windows Vista users will need the Ultimate Edition to take advantage of the dual-processor system. Linux and BSD users have dual-processor capability included in their OS."
    startx.jeff
    • I have no word on Linux support ...

      Given the ATI/NVIDIA mix, things could be ... well, clunky.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • $1000 is the STARTING price

    $1000 is the STARTING price for the slowest model. The higher end ones will be much higher than that.
    georgeou
    • I'm going to make sure ...

      ... that when I find a price for the higher end systems that I'm sitting down! ;-)
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • It's going to be a bad buy no matter what

        $1000 for a poor performance two socket four core system doesn't really excite me. Other than the .2 GHz jump for the highend system and a die-shrink to reduce power consumption, this platform doesn't offer much. The 2.8 FX doesn't even beat the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo on the vast majority of benchmarks, and I don't see how a 3 GHz FX will do much better with just a die shrink.
        georgeou
  • I think you've made a mistake?

    I think the AMD 4 x 4 system is much cheaper than this:

    "AMDs 4?4 to cost around $1,0003"
    BeGoneFool
    • Where's it say that?

      ???
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes