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AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor and AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture FAQ
What is the latest addition to the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor line?

What is the AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture?

What is the target market for AMD Athlon 64 FX processors?

When can we expect to see the AMD Quad FX Platform Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture on the market?

Will AMD Athlon 64 FX processors continue to be AMD’s desktop performance leader?

What are the prices of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processors?

Can I upgrade an AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture with quad-core processors when they are available?

What do AMD Athlon 64 FX processor models represent?

What are the key features and benefits of AMD Athlon 64 FX processors?

What is megatasking?





Q:What is the latest addition to the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor line?
A:AMD has announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-70, FX-72 and FX-74 processors. AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors are designed to deliver AMD’s ultimate megatasking experience for PC enthusiasts and to take advantage of the revolutionary AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture which offers the advantages of a quad-core platform today with planned upgradeability to 8 processor cores in 2007.


Q:What is the AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture?
A:The AMD Quad FX platform is a two-socket, four-core processing solution featuring Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture for high-bandwidth processor to processor communication between matched pairs of AMD Athlon 64 FX-70, FX-72, and FX-74 multi-core processors.

The revolutionary AMD Quad FX platform is designed for extreme multi-tasking – Megatasking - for PC enthusiasts and power-users that run the most processor-intense tasks simultaneously. The AMD Quad FX platform with DSDC Architecture is ready for massively multi-threaded games and the most demanding multi-threaded digital content creation software. The AMD Quad FX platform is AMD’s first multi-processor, multi-core platform designed for PC enthusiasts. The platform is ready for the multi-core, multi-threaded future with planned upgradeability to 8 processor cores.


Q:What is the target market for AMD Athlon 64 FX processors?
A:Featuring AMD’s most advanced processor technology, AMD Athlon 64 FX processors are designed for PC enthusiasts. AMD Athlon 64 FX processors enable enthusiasts to immerse themselves in their digital world and redefine PC performance. They can play life-like games, create and manipulate digital media like a pro and explore the possibilities of megatasking. AMD Athlon 64 FX processors bring the next generation of digital media and games to life.


Q:When can we expect to see the AMD Quad FX Platform Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture on the market?
A:The AMD Quad FX Platform Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture is available now (11/30/06) through system builders and e-tailers in North America and should be available from system builders and other e-tailers worldwide soon.


Q:Will AMD Athlon 64 FX processors continue to be AMD’s desktop performance leader?
A:AMD Athlon 64 FX processors are AMD’s performance products. AMD Athlon 64 FX processors are designed to be the world’s ultimate processor for PC enthusiasts - as they take advantage of the performance of the AMD Quad FX Platform and explore the possibilities of megatasking.


Q:What are the prices of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processors?
A:The AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 processor is priced at $599 for a bundle of two (2) processors. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-72 processor is priced at $799 for a bundle of two (2) processors. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-74 processor is priced at $999 for a bundle of two (2) processors. For more information, please visit www.amd.com/pricing.


Q:Can I upgrade an AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture with quad-core processors when they are available?
A:The AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture is designed for a seamless upgrade path to a total of eight processing cores with planned AMD quad-core processors. This offers PC enthusiasts an advanced quad-core platform today and a planned eight processor core platform in the future.


Q:What do AMD Athlon 64 FX processor models represent?
A:Since AMD believes that frequency alone is not an accurate measure of performance, AMD model numbers serve as a simple, accurate representation of relative AMD performance within a processor series. The higher the model number, the better the overall software performance running on the processor. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-70, FX-72 and FX-74 processors are the first members of the series for the AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture from AMD. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 and FX-62 processors are single socket dual-core processors, while the AMD Athlon 64 FX-51, FX-53, FX-55, and FX-57 processors are single socket single-core processors.


Q:What are the key features and benefits of AMD Athlon 64 FX processors?
A:AMD Athlon 64 FX processors offer AMD’s ultimate application and system performance to megatasking enthusiasts, to allow them to run multiple processor intensive and multi-threaded applications simultaneously with exceptional performance.

AMD Athlon 64 FX processors feature performance tuning capabilities to enable you to discover the true potential of your processor and personal computer.
  • Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture powers AMD’s ultimate platform for the megatasking enthusiast
    • Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture is AMD’s exclusive high-bandwidth interconnect for two processors
    • Designed to perform with multi-threaded software
    • Integrated memory controller designed to reduce memory access latencies
    • Runs today’s 32- and 64-bit software with leading-edge performance
  • HyperTransport™ technology
    • Helps provide increased overall system performance with up to a 2000MHz system bi-directional bus
  • AMD Virtualization™
    • Chip-based virtualization technology that helps virtualization software run more effectively and securely
  • Enhanced Virus Protection*
    • Helps protect against certain viruses, worms and other malicious attacks
* 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 strongly recommend that users continue to use third party anti-virus software as part of their security strategy.


Q:What is megatasking?
A:Performance is not just a question of running one application at jaw-dropping speed. It is about a computing experience that lets you run multiple processor intensive and multithreaded applications responsively at top speed. Megatasking is that experience.

With the right software, Megatasking is about playing the latest life-like game while instant messaging, creating, editing or enjoying your favorite digital media.

With the right software, Megatasking is about keeping your creative flow moving and bringing your ideas to life with high-definition video editing, content creation, digital imagery, and audio mixing. You can work on multiple pieces of your project simultaneously without compromising performance.

With the right software, Megatasking is about running a dedicated game server on your PC while playing the game on the same PC, while voice chatting, while playing your own soundtrack and still being able to alt-tab to other basic apps like your e-mail, IM, or browser without a hitch.

With the right software, Megatasking is about streaming HD quality video to media extenders through out your home and still being able to play or create on the same PC with robust performance.

We expect that Megatasking is the future reality of PC performance. Explore the possibilities.




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