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Advanced Micro Devices said on Thursday it currently has no plans to develop its dual-processor (DP) platforms for enthusiast. The decision essentially cancels any efforts in regards of the well-advertised FASN8 platform and forces the world’s second largest supplier of x86 microprocessors to leave the market of the so-called extreme enthusiasts.

“[…] 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. [The upgrade path] likely won’t be a Phenom-branded product,” Ms. Suzy Pruitt, a spokeswoman for AMD, said in an interview with TechReport web-site.

Following the release of Intel Core 2 Duo and then Intel Core 2 Quad microprocessors by Intel Corp., which immediately become favorites among computer enthusiasts, AMD had to find a way to offer even higher performance. As a result, the chipmaker introduced its Quad FX platform last year with two dual-core AMD Athlon 64 FX-70-series processors to compete against Intel Core 2 Quad. Moreover, it promised that its quad-core processors will be compatible with the Quad FX platform, which would allow end-users to switch processors without changing the rest of the platform.

But Intel was not standing still and shortly after AMD unveiled its Quad FX, the world’s largest maker of x86 chips started to tout its V8 platform that employed two quad-core central processing units (CPUs). As the time went by, Intel unveiled its code-named Skulltrail platform, which is set to employ two specially designed quad-core processors that cost over $3000 alone and feature other enthusiast-relevant capabilities.

AMD did not manage to introduce its AMD Phenom processors at really high clock-speeds to compete against Intel’s products and also had to postpone the release of its higher-price faster CPUs for workstations. Moreover, the company had to delay the release of AMD Phenom FX for enthusiasts. Currently the highest-speed AMD Phenom chip with four processing engines runs at 2.30GHz and cannot be compared against Intel’s Core 2 Extreme processors.

Since the company does not have “FX” parts for performance-demanding customers, it decided to offer AMD Opteron processors and platforms to those enthusiasts, who really need speed, and who needs it badly from AMD.

“While AMD is not actively promoting AMD Opteron processor as a 2P enthusiast solution, we recognized that there are enthusiasts who are looking for two-socket solutions and think an Opteron platform is well-suited to meet that demand at this time,” Ms. Pruitt added.


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Discussion started: 11/29/07 07:42:19 PM
Latest comment: 12/05/07 11:10:49 PM
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they might as well discontinue all their products!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/29/07 07:42:19 PM]
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I'll bet when AMD was ruling the roast, your probably their number 1 fanboy.
Much bigger than the PhD moron idiotic piece of turd.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/29/07 07:53:30 PM]
this is both a good and bad step for them.

good: focus more on the main products (spider)

bad: nothing special to attract more fanboys to your side anymore
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/29/07 08:01:56 PM]
the big question is...

Who is the "more" moron??

The moron who first posted?? or the the moron who replied to the post with moronic statement??

must be an AMD cry baby in the midst!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/30/07 12:17:58 AM]
Let me tell you something boy!
As a person who is neutral to both sides of the cpu industry, I go for or
recommend whatever that is currently the best in performance with the price a person can afford. If it was 3 years ago, then I'll recommend AMDs because during that time their the winning crown, as of now It's Intel's Core 2s. But if someone has a tight budget then an AMD processor will be a decent performer even if it does not beat the Core2 Duo in its category, then at least that person has a whole system to use instead of no system at all.

Therefore you been out of the sun for too long, STFU, and get
with the program!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/02/07 09:20:00 AM]
Other than that, it'll be interesting what Intel will do with their V8 platform. Since AMD has ditched their QuadFX, maybe intel will stop wasting money on this and start making octo-core
cause quad is starting to become the norm. -_-
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/02/07 09:23:11 AM]
I agree with dsfds ..

It is one of 2 things:
[1] you loved AMD and then it betrayed you
[2] you are Intel's B!atchE from the very start

other than that, i don't find your comments to hit any reasonable/interesting points nor to impress anyone. Finally, your arguments are shamefully flat.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/29/07 10:58:33 PM]
really?!? AMD used to have good products... then they milked out the K8... their recent products are dismal and pathetic... and are these platforms....

btw, you comment those add any interest too..
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/30/07 12:03:15 AM]
Oh yeah because you never saw Intel sit on a architecture like that DID YOU? (insert sarcastic laugh)
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/30/07 10:36:18 AM]

i was actually pissed by that ANTI AMD guy that i forgot to comment on the original story.

Well i am glad they canceled this. I was thinking AMD is winning back some ground through their ... semi-reasonable product extension.

Like the spider platform with the possibility to carry 8-GPUs .. if this adds up with a dual processor platform, it will be winning benchmarks i guess, but will be losing practicality.

Canceling this gave another meaning to AMD's strategy, they are still willing to fight head to head with Intel's products as winning through dual processors is just ... stupid .. plain and simple.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/29/07 11:05:38 PM]
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they cancelled this because its as pathetic as most of their products!

semi-reasonable product extension?!?

are you joking?!? a product is either reasonable or unreasonable.... nothing in between!!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/30/07 12:07:23 AM]
You're just being unreasonable...Cockster alert!

AMD has been on the shit end for some time anyway, so butt out and wait. So nigga...please...take your ANTI-AMD elsewhere...we don't want your cockster germs ruining it for everyone...
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/30/07 01:33:06 AM]

HAHAHAHAHA... I agree, they are better off discontinuing all of their products.
AMD feels like Britney Spears nowadays. One bad news after another, a train wreck.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/30/07 07:37:15 AM]


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