AMD paper launched the Quad FX platform on November 30 and it looks like this week some real silicon is showing up at retail stores. Newegg and ZipZoomFly carry the new AMD Athlon 64 FX-74, FX-72, FX-70 processors and the Asus L1N64-SLI WS motherboard which supports Quad FX but there's a slight difference between the "launch" price and the real retail pricing:
Unfortunately, enthusiasts eager to build themselves a Quad FX rig will have to deal with more disappointments: Quad FX chips are sold individually at a $25-50 premium, and the Asus mobo is not only out of stock but also priced $30-80 above the launch figure.
Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer. Considering Quad FX hardware was supposed to hit stores with lower price tags over a month ago, those premiums might not sit well with many users.