Quadfather 4x4 should outperform Kentsfield 8 cores vs 4 cores!!!
AMD follows Intel with Quadfather One
The die is cast
By Theo Valich: Thursday 26 October 2006, 08:28
WE MANAGED TO learn the official NDA expiry date and the launch of AMD's quad core offering. Or, should we say, its dual die dual socket chip.
After AMD laughed off Intel's dual core and upcoming quad core microprocessors as "not true multicore", with the main reason they physically share two dies, it seems to have done the same thing. Intel's Pentium D "Presler" consisted of two Cedar Mill cores, Core 2 Extreme "Kentsfield" features two Conroe cores and shared the front side bus.
Quadfather or the 4x4 as AMD marketeers have it, is actually a dual die quad core chip, using the Opteron processor socket and will launch on November 14th. The nForce 680a, the launch chipset is proof that the AMD-Nvidia strategic alliance still has four legs.
The launch line up was revealed here, but the pricing has been "re-constructed" severely downwards, with the fastest CPU pack now matching the price of Intel's Kentsfield. µ