High-end Athlon 64 CPU gets bizarre FX rating

Posted on Tuesday, August 05 2003 @ 19:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Dutch site Tweakers reports some news about AMD his upcoming CPUs. According to the German Planet 3DNow! AMD will call his high-end desktop version of the Hammer-core the Athlon 64 FX. First the Athlon 64 FX will use the same socket 940 as the AMD Opteron, but later AMD will reduce the amound of pins to 939 to make the difference between both clearer. The normal Socket 754-version without Dual Channel DDR memory support will be called the Athlon 64 and will have the normal 'old' PR rating from AMD.

A new thing is that AMD will use a new special rating for the Athlon 64 FX, comparable to the rating of the Opterons.

Athlon 64 Athlon 64 FX Opteron
1,4GHz     x40
1,6GHz     x42
1,8GHz     x44
2,0GHz 3200+ FX-51 x46
2,2GHz 3400+ FX-53 (x48?)
2,4GHz 3700+ FX-55 (x50?)

I think a lot of confusion is coming up, first AMD introduces the PR rating, and now the FX rating, what is next?

Source : Tweakers.net

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Re: High-end Athlon 64 CPU gets bizarre FX rating
by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 06 2003 @ 9:33 CEST
Well, it's not that confusing really. By now it should have dawned on most knowledgable PC user and enthusiast that naming processors with performance numbers, MHz or otherwise, are pretty much bogus.

AMD has communicated this message a long time now, and is following through on this with the Athlon FX model numbers. If the rumour is true, The Athlon 64 FX is aimed at the high-end market, and this market knows about the MHz-myth and the need for benchmarking and targeted application performance testing.

The model name/number is there simply for product identification --- as is the case with most other products. In that regard, the FX numbers are as good as anything else.