HKEPC learned AMD will try to counter Intel's quad-core Kentsfield with the Athlon 64 FX-2P.
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.
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Re: AMD's Kentsfield rival - the Athlon 64 FX-2P by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 26 2006 @ 00:30:47 CEST
THAT's what they have to compete? Power consumption will be almost twice that of Kentsfield at peak, and likely equal or greater during normal use. Cost will be much higher. And performance is likely to be quite a bit lower going by the performance differential of Conroe to the FX we have now.
AMD better have more than this. Or Christmas is going to be pretty quiet in the AMD zone as far as desktop consumers are concerned.