Friday, November 30th 2007

AMD Quad FX Canceled

According to The Tech Report AMD has dropped its enthusiast-class dual-socket Quad FX platform. AMD's representative Suzy Pruitt said:
The short answer is that while there are still engineering resources focused on future platform offerings that build off Quad FX, the current energy and effort has gone into programs and product initiatives like “Spider” and AMD has discontinued future planning and development of its eight-core enthusiast platform at this time. We will continue to support customers that have an existing Quad FX with DSDC and are also working on an upgrade path for those customers.
Enough said, everything is now in the hands of AMD's "Spider" platform powered by up to four video cards and native quad-core Phenom processors.Source: The Tech Report
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32 Comments on AMD Quad FX Canceled

#1
Wile E
Power User
I saw this coming. Doesn't surprise me at all, really.
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#2
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: Wile E
I saw this coming. Doesn't surprise me at all, really.
yep. when you have 4 cores on one chip, why the hell would you want two separate dual core chips on one board? at least c2q is two dual core chips in one socket.
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#3
Grings
by: Random Murderer
yep. when you have 4 cores on one chip, why the hell would you want two separate dual core chips on one board? at least c2q is two dual core chips in one socket.
they meant their dual quad core
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#4
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: Grings
they meant their dual quad core
ahh.
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#5
X-TeNDeR
I think this is a good move. AMD created some hype with this platform, but the real implementation of such a complicated setup is unnecessary with today's advancements, at least in my opinion. by the time AMD could fine-tune and ship this platform, we will have 1-socket 8-cores parts (hopefully). no need to go SERVER :laugh:
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#6
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
The words "without a paddle!" spring to mind. Poor old AMD are screwed!
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#7
hacker111
Continueation of other plans?????:wtf:...get back to work on this one first!:rockout:
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#8
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Now they need 2 x OctalFx... But they failed...
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#9
d44ve
they need a hug
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#10
Widjaja
by: d44ve
they need a hug
:laugh:

I think they realized the FX Quad would have been no good as a seller.
FX series are just too expensive.

But yeah they do need a hug.
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#12
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: Exceededgoku
Okay that's done it for me, goodbye AMD...
lol?
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#13
LiNKiN
Staff
They may be down but don't count them out just yet...
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#14
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: Exceededgoku
Okay that's done it for me, goodbye AMD...
ahahahhahahahahaha
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#15
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
by: Solaris17
ahahahhahahahahaha
What about Phenom!?!?!? It is actually a start for true Quad Cores!
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#16
Exceededgoku
omg.. I was saying I'm not going to bother since it was in my next build plan, r-tards
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#17
erocker
Dropped it? Did anyone ever actually pick it up?
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#18
peach1971
Thanx AMD, now you can focus on solving your AM2+ / Phenom problems.
Socket-AM2+ motherboards, most of which are based on AMD's new 790FX chipset, were supposed to bring a tangible performance increase when paired with a Phenom processor. Phenom's L3 cache and North Bridge work on the same power plane, one separate from the rest of the CPU. Socket-AM2+ enables the use of two separate voltages, one for the L3 cache/NB and one for the rest of the CPU, whereas Socket-AM2 motherboards run the entire chip at the same voltage. The original plan was for Socket-AM2+ motherboards to run the L3 cache/NB at a higher frequency than the rest of the chip, unfortunately it looks like AMD wasn't able to make that happen.

Currently, the L3 cache/NB on these chips runs at a fixed frequency that's actually lower than the rest of the CPU frequency: 2.0GHz. We tested Phenoms running from 2.2GHz all the way up to 2.6GHz, and in all cases the L3 cache and North Bridge ran at 2.0GHz. We're not sure if this will ever get fixed, but it's somewhat disappointing as it was supposed to be a major reason for upgrading to Socket-AM2+ (but it's good news for current AM2 owners).
http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3153&p=4

I still wonder why this issue hasn´t been really faced in the forums... :confused:
People are arguing about next step´s technologies not having in mind that even the
current technology isn´t working the way it should. :ohwell:
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#20
ktr
So i guess the only gaming octa core setup is skull trail.
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#22
erocker
Don't know really. The fud article states AMD fixed chip errata or errors (plural), so mabye.
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#24
yogurt_21
damn what took them so long, that thing was a dissaster from the get go. lol (quad fx is not to be confused with the amd quad core cpu(barcelon or phenom), quad fx is two fx class dual cores on a dual socket 1207 motherboard)
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#25
zekrahminator
McLovin
I think that the Quad FX project had some serious potential, but was really hurt by a lot of things.

A- The only CPUs that came out for Socket F were the FX-series things. If there were some budget offerings, then we might have seen better adoption of Socket F.

B- AMD made no indication that they were moving everything to Socket F, which would have pushed everyone to Socket F.

C- Socket F motherboards, especially dual-socket F motherboards, were expensive. If there were budget offerings, Socket F would be just like Socket AM2.

D- There was nothing really special about Socket F, other than it was unique, and allowed you to stick two dual-core CPUs in. And it was more expensive to do than just get a better-performing Intel Q6600 and P35 motherboard.

Better luck next time AMD.
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