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http://xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display...516033539.html

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AMD Phenom FX to Be Available for 1P Platforms Too

Advanced Micro Devices may return single-chip configurations for performance desktop computing enthusiasts in the coming months while not getting rid of its dual-chip enthusiast platforms, sources close to the company have indicated.


In a bid to offer computer enthusiasts and gamers something truly unique, AMD introduced platform that allowed to install two AMD Athlon 64 FX chips on it last year. But while AMD’s solution offered the power of four processing engines, its rival Intel Corp. unveiled Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core chips that did not require expensive motherboard, provided higher performance and consumed less power, which resulted in lower noise levels of actual computers. As a consequence for AMD, its code-named 4x4 platform did not get popular among enthusiasts.

Even though AMD will continue to offer dual-socket platforms for enthusiasts who want to remain on the leading edge of technology with its Phenom FX processors, there will be a chip that will be compatible with single-socket mainboards, according to the company’s roadmap.

Currently it is projected that AMD will introduce two AMD Phenom FX quad-core processors with clock-speeds ranging from 2.20GHz to 2.60GHz for its FASN8 platform with two sockets 1207+, and one AMD Phenom FX quad-core chip with 2.20GHz – 2.40GHz clock-speed for AM2+ platform. While power consumption of the new Phenom FX processors is unclear, it is expected that typical quad-core chips from AMD at 2.40GHz clock-speed with 512KB L2 cache per core and 2MB shared L3 cache will fit into 89W thermal envelope.

As a result, those enthusiasts who seek for performance of eight processing cores, will be able to choose the “fascinate†platform and two AMD Phenom FX processors, whereas those, who want to have the new quad-core technology from AMD with some advantages provided by the “FX†moniker, will have an opportunity to have it as well.

AMD Phenom processors are based on the company’s next-generation micro-architecture and will be produced using 65nm process technology. Among the highlights of AMD Phenom its manufacturer lists shared L3 cache, 128-bit floating point units (FPU), Hyper-Transport 3.0 bus, support for dual-channel PC2-8500 (1066MHz) memory and other innovations.
Good to know that they're going back to giving those who want cutting edge perfomance but are not completely hardcore with having 1P FX chips.
    
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post #2 of 11
Why do you want a single core? when pretty much all future games will be optimize for multiple cores and Apps.

EDIT: nevermind. they're just changing the socket but it's still multi core. my bad
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by sladesurfer View Post
Why do you want a single core? when pretty much all future games will be optimize for multiple cores
Who said anything about single core?
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Single Chip, not single core.
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They are not talking about a single core single die, they are talking about quad core single die.
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Edited my comment Plus it was a flop anyways. thats why they're going back
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AMEN.


I kinda hope that AMD can get a single-chip solution working rather than dropping as much as they were asking for that 4x4 setup. Geeze, it was unbelievable.

And quad-core at 275 bucks in a month and a half? Forgetaboutit. I would never, never spend 1100 bucks just on a CPU.

Power consumption, dont even get me started.

AMD had a good idea, try and relieve the FSB bottleneck that Intel will surely hit (if it hasn't already), but this solution just isn't solid. Maybe when K10 hits the market, 2 of them on one system will be "irresistable", but if prices are where I think they will be, I am just going to stick with my Q6600.
    
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I called dual AMD FX's on one motherboard a year ago! apparently the only problem with the idea was that Operating systems might have problems knowing which CPU to work with. Oh well, I'm still doing C2D.
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AMD needs to pick a socket config and stick with it. 754, 939, wasn't there a 940 in there?, AM2, AM3, 1207+ single and dual...this is getting retarded. I would have just upgraded my 939 rig instead of buying this C2D if AMD wouldn't have been so petty and artificially inflated the price of 939 chips just to entice people to go AM2. Since I had to buy a new mobo to get a decent CPU anyway, I went with the better choice.
 
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That's the downside to having the memory controller integrated.... Everytime they want to switch to newer memory, they have to redesign the memory controller, which means new socket so that people don't try to get new chips on old memory interfaces. That's why we see s754, s939, AM2, AM3, AMn, etc. Intel has been able to keep the same socket for a long time since the memory controller resides on the northbridge, but at the same time, they suffer the penalty of longer memory latencies. There's always a catch.
    
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