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Advanced Micro Devices said Thursday it would offer a platform that would allow users to run two processors with four processing engines into desktop computers. This is generally the first time that computer enthusiasts can use two processors  on an appropriate platform and certainly the first time that the performance-demanding users can enjoy advantage of as many as eight processing cores.

“AMD announced plans for a new enthusiast platform codenamed ‘4x4’ that will extend AMD’s long-standing commitment to those consumers who demand the highest-performing PCs,” an AMD statement claimed.

The announcement means that AMD is planning to allow using enthusiast-class processors in 2-way configurations, something, which market leader Intel and AMD have been trying to avoid in the past. No Athlon on Pentium processors currently support technology that allows the chips to work in pairs.

AMD has already been rumored in regards of introduction of a desktop processor that contains four processing engines, however, this so far it has not been confirmed. Today the company says it would allow computer enthusiasts to use two dual-core processors to achieve ultimate performance in applications that take advantage of multi-core systems. Moreover, quad-core chips will also be able to work in pairs, it seems.

“The 4x4 platform features a four-core, multi-socket processor configuration uniquely possible via AMD’s direct connect architecture,” the statement reads.

Additionally, AMD said it would develop microprocessors featuring four processing engines for performance-minded enthusiasts.

“The 4x4 platform will be designed to be upgraded to eight total processor cores when AMD launches quad-core processors in 2007. Project 4x4 represents system-level enthusiast enhancements and is designed for ultimate multi-tasking performance across gaming, digital video, processor-intensive and heavily threaded applications,” the firm said.

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Is AMD trying to start a career as a comedian?
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Oh I get it it an April fools joke right?????? Hey!!! wait a minute we're in June.....WTF???????
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My girlfreind sucks....but she wont swallow. :(
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 06/03/06 12:45:38 AM]
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This is some bullshit. Right now they barely have programs that take advantage of the dual cores and now they are saying 8 cores? man WTFEver! I've been an AMD fan for a long time but this here is total BS just like Nvidia's 4 card GPU...
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This multicore processor configuration is some real shit. Only scientists and engineers that are using computers for insane multi parallel applications would be able to fully utilize this.

I can only see a normal computer user using this to improve their SETI@home computation times. That application can start a separate thread on each of the cores and really kick single and dual core processor’s ass. The time per unit calculation is not increased, but the amount of work units per time could be quadrupled...

But SETI@home is bullshit...
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Well, I for one will purchase this option when avaliable. Why, you ask? Programs such as Lightwave 3d 8.5 and build nine will totally take adavantage of multiple cores and when rendering near photographic quality animations one can never have enough power to render. Or how about Edius Pro 4 which by the way, takes advantage of multi core sytems, and not to mention Adobe Primier Pro 2.xx. So you who think multi core systems are stuppid and there is no advantage, stop playing games and get Lightwave 3d or any Pro editing package and yoiu will know what I am talking about. I am not a gamer but a creator of my own universe!! My 2 cents
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There are already things called workstations with more than one processor. All this is is a cheaper platform using standard memory, aimed at enthusiasts.
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From my understanding the software has to be made to run to take advantage of the 8 cores. Or is there a way for a program to fully utilize all cores availble regardless of how many you have? Cuz if there isn't and the development has to write the software for 8 cores then...like I said this is pointless.
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Octa core?????
Do you mean QUAD core!!!
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It will be 8 core. Two 4-core AMD chips...hence the 4x4.
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2+2=4
4x4=16
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