AMD has presented a demo of their upcoming 4x4 platform:
The demo was eye catching. The 4x4 system, equipped with two dual-core Athlon 64 FX chips, clearly outpaced an identically configured PC with one dual-core chip on every test they showed, from multitasking scenarios with a game and other apps running in the background, to media file transcoding.
Of course, the real performance test will be against Core 2 Extreme machines or systems with Intel's upcoming Kentsfield quad-core processor (originally due out next year, the chips may now debut by year's end).
Pat Moorhead, AMD's VP of Advanced Marketing, who was the master of ceremonies for the event, included one other bit of significant news: Buyers should be able to get a bundle with two FX-branded processor to use with the 4x4 platform for less than $1000.