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PostSubject: AMD Announces Quad FX Platform   01/12/06, 07:25 pm

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AMD has launched the "Quad FX Platform" with Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture.

Regarded as the supreme platform for mega-tasking enthusiasts by AMD, Quad FX Platform is the first dual-socket, multi-core desktop PC platform designed to take advantage of the latest enhancements in Windows Vista Ultimate.

The new platform is powered by pairs of AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series dual-core processors, which is the newest addition to the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 FX processor lineup. These processors will help users make the most of their overall computing experience, while gaming, editing audio/video, and streaming high-definition content.

DSDC Architecture enables high-bandwidth communication between matched pairs of AMD Athlon 64 FX-70, AMD Athlon 64 FX-72, and AMD Athlon 64 FX-74 dual-core processors. Enthusiasts can benefit from having twice the number of processor cores due to a dual-socket configuration.

According to AMD, the Quad FX Platform has been designed to meet the enhanced PC experiences made possible by Microsoft Windows Vista, and also for the software industry that is moving towards multi-threading environment that involves running multiple, demanding applications and multi-threaded games.

Apart from the Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture, the platform also has support for a seamless upgrade path to a total of eight processing cores with planned AMD native quad-core processors in 2007.

With AMD64 technology and Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture, the new AMD Quad FX Platform offers scaleable performance enhancements on a personal workstation powered by AMD Athlon 64 FX processors. It is designed with next-gen platform innovations such as high-performance, low-latency unbuffered DDR2 memory and for Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) support with compatible operating systems.

In addition, Nvidia is the chipset and multi-GPU launch partner for the Quad FX platform. The GeForce 8 series of graphics processing units and the nForce 680a media and communications processor have been used in the new platform, which will help deliver an ideal solution for mega-tasking enthusiasts.

The AMD Quad FX Platform promises to offer enthusiasts absolute performance, flexibility, and customization by including features like twelve SATA controllers designed to enable up to nine terabytes of storage using currently available drive technologies (for over 450 high-definition movies), and increased spacing between PCI-E slots to accommodate up to four high-performance graphics cards.

AMD claims infinite options with the new platform to tweak the custom systems, including the ability to drive four or even eight monitors at the same time when using up to four PCI-E graphics cards.

The new AMD Athlon 64 FX-70, FX-72, and FX-74 dual-core processors will be available in pairs at a price of $599 (Rs 26,764); $799 (Rs 35,699); and $999 (Rs 44,635) respectively for PIB (Processor in Box).

AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series dual-core processors are expected to be available world-wide by early 2007.

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