Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Rant: Kenstfield’s Rival: AMD Athlon 64 FX-2P

Wow, AMDroids are gearing up for a screwy offerings from A*. As the uber FanBoy Rahul Sood said about "4x4" "“AMD may create a new category of enthusiast”", he is really just turning a blind eye to the fact that this so-called 4x4 is nothing but a "workstation" type of machine. Wow, innovation my a**, I'd say A* really did a good job relabeling their SMP-based system into this "4x4". As for Mr. FanBoy Rahul, well, he is still a FanBoy and covering up for A*'s behind no matter how badly beaten the freakin' A* processors are already.

AMDroids, you suck big time! Expand for more (that is, if you are not an AMDroid).

As Intel announced last week that the company plans to release Quad-core Kenstfield Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (2.66GHz/4MB L2 x2/1066MHz FSB) in Nov 2006 for enthusiastic market, AMD also got their plan on defense. This plan is so called 4x4 enthusiast platform as reported before. Here we get more information about the new platform.

4x4 enthusiast platform is simply an introduction of SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processor) of Operton from the server segment. 4 threads processing ability is accomplished by using 2 Athlon 64 FX-2P dual-core processors, very simple idea indeed. Athlon 64 FX-2P family will be released in Nov 2006 as well like Kenstfield. The first round models include Athlon 64 FX-70 (2.6GHz), FX72 (2.8GHz) and FX74 (3.0GHz). They feature Windsor core with 1MBx2 L2 cache and 125W TDP. Our first sight is that Athlon 64 FX-2P is simply the DDR2 version of Opteron 2P.

From the latest roadmap from AMD, AMD has cancelled 1P support to Athlon 64 FX, but grant the support to Athlon 64 X2. 4x4 enthusiast platform will be supported in Athlon 64 FX family. In addition, Athlon 64 FX-64 has been cancelled in the latest roadmap and the last order date of Athlon 64 FX-60 and Athlon 64 FX-62 are both in 31/12/2006.

As the 4x4 platform is high in production cost as well as not much in performance boost, the industry indicates that AMD Athlon 64 FX-2P is just a technology show off product rather that mass production product. It’s no point for a user to spend more while there is a cheaper solution for the same performance. This platform would appear to the OEM like Dell and HP only.

The roadmap tells that the hybrid Quad-core processors from AMD would appear in late 2007 or early 2008. It’s codenamed Greyhound which based on the upcoming K8L architecture. It will support DDR2/3, with shared L2 cache and packaged in AM3 interface. Although it’s a year late then Intel, the industry said AMD would not suffered a lot as quad-core they expects the growth on market is slow.

Source:Kenstfield’s Rival: AMD Athlon 64 FX-2P


Jercouzen said...

hehe, even if their chip runs a native quad, fact remains that Core micro-architecture still pwnz K8L.. no matter what letter they attach to it, K8 is still ol' inferior K8 :)

besides, no one really cares if Intel uses 2 x dual-cores on their quads.. as long as it works GREAT.. can't say the same for K8L native quads though (and to think, native quads are supposed to be faster :P).. it all boils down to the superior execution core, and that's.. uhm.. 'core' :D

death_metal said...

While I really like the idea of DP (dual processor) PC, with each CPU having two cores (i.e. dual core), I just hate when some FanBoy like Rahul said it'll give a birth to a new kind of enthusiast. Hey, people can use DP-server already and even people at XS have been using I-Will mobos to overclock DP Xeon and no, Intel didn't even call the platform anything new except call it like a normal "workstation" PC.

So I don't see why A* should claim giving birth to a new kind of "enthusiasts", they are already here, and true enthusiasts have already acknowledged their existence, no need for A* to make them known.