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AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor Product Brief

The AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor is the world’s most Extreme PC processor for gaming

AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor Overview
The AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor features innovative technology to provide extraordinary performance and a gaming experience without parallel. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor runs on AMD64 Technology, a revolutionary technology that 1) allows the processor to run 32-bit applications at full speed while enabling the coming wave of powerful, 64-bit software applications, and 2) provides Enhanced Virus Protection when supported by the OS*. AMD64 technology shatters barriers to new and advanced software that require 64-bit technology and blazing processor performance. Power-hungry enthusiasts and gamers can explore the full potential of AMD64 technology while enjoying outstanding performance on today's PC software.

The next generation of games will demand unprecedented performance to provide an extraordinary level of realism and awesome 3D graphics. Systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor are able to deliver leading-edge performance for the most demanding entertainment in the future. With AMD64, life-like games with cinema-quality graphics are within PC users’ reach. Advanced 64-bit operating systems designed for the AMD64 platform from Microsoft, Red Hat, SuSE, and TurboLinux have already been announced.

Enhanced Virus Protection is a feature of AMD64 technology. This feature is enabled by the operating system, like Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP 64-bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems, and is designed to trap a certain type of malicious exploit known as “buffer overrun” or “buffer overflow”. Enhanced Virus Protection together with the aforementioned operating systems are designed to prevent the spread of certain viruses, like MSBlaster and Slammer*.

Superior Technology
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is the first Windows-compatible 64-bit PC processor and the world’s most extreme gaming PC processor. It features several technology innovations for immersive, cinematic computing experiences. The AMD64 architecture doubles the number of general purpose and SSE/SSE2 registers for improved performance and enhances multimedia processing with 3DNow!™ Professional technology and SSE2 and SSE3 technology. HyperTransport™ technology increases overall system performance by reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing system bandwidth, and reducing system latency. A 128-bit integrated DDR memory controller, together with industry standard DDR memory technology, provides extreme bandwidth - up to 6.4GB per second, and significantly reduces memory latency, improving performance for many applications. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor boasts the industry’s largest on-die, high-performance cache memory system for PC processors, enhancing performance for many applications, especially large workloads. It is also enthusiast-friendly, allowing gamers to realize the full potential of their PC.

Transform Your Computing Experience
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is designed for the most demanding PC software that extend the capabilities of today’s desktop computer, driving applications to a new level of performance and potential:
  • Game Play: A game that is optimized for AMD64 can command a phenomenal amount of memory for textures, world models, and characters. The large physical memory and smart memory management of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor can provide excellent performance and access to a new level of cinema-quality gaming realism. Multi-player games and 3D environments can grow to massive proportions and incorporate stunning detail.
  • Game Development & Modification: AMD64 offers large memory capacity and other architectural performance improvements for fast and efficient compiling, level editing, development of complex 3D models, and asset management. The growing trend toward user-generated content can accelerate, and tap the creative efforts of thousands of game modification enthusiasts.
  • Game Serving & File Sharing: Multi-player games and peer-to-peer software that run on central servers can accommodate more users and larger physical environments. With the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor, more CPU horsepower is available for physics simulation, player interactions, and network connections.
  • Professional Grade Results: With AMD64 many professional grade applications can be employed to create professional grade results on a desktop PC including design, engineering, simulation, and science applications.

Be a part of the gaming elite with the AMD Athlon 64 FX Processor
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor, together with the AMD Athlon 64 processor, is the only industry standard x86 PC processor with the ability to move beyond the limits of 32-bit computing. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and tens of thousands of PC applications that people around the world use every day. The award-winning AMD Athlon XP processor won over 100 industry accolades and was the first 1GHz PC processor. Now, the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor reaches a new milestone by building a path to 64-bit computing for millions of PC users.

Purchase With Confidence
Founded in 1969, AMD has shipped more than 300 million PC processors worldwide. Customers can depend on AMD and the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for compatibility and reliability. AMD processors undergo extensive testing to ensure compatibility with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT®, Windows 2000, as well as Linux and other PC operating systems. AMD works collaboratively with Microsoft and other partners to achieve compatibility and reliability of AMD processors and to expand the capability of software and hardware products leveraging AMD64 technology. AMD conducts rigorous research, development, and validation to help ensure the continued integrity and performance of its products.

* Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) is only enabled by certain operating systems including the current versions of Microsoft® Windows®, Linux, Solaris and BSD Unix. After properly installing the appropriate operating system release, users must enable the protection of their applications and associated files from buffer overrun attacks. Consult your OS documentation for information on enabling EVP. Contact your application software vendor for information regarding use of the application in conjunction with EVP. AMD and its partners strongly recommend that users continue to use third party anti-virus software as part of their security strategy.

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