AMD show of next generation platform
AMD was without hesitation to get out their upcoming Phenom FX processors in a Quad FX configuration. The Quad FX configuration consisted of an RD790-based motherboard with two quad-core Phenom FX processors, totaling 8 cores. The system also featured one ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. The RD790-based motherboard (codenamed Wahoo), features two CPU sockets and a SB600 south bridge with three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots.
AMD also plans to offer a Socket AM2+ RD790-based Hammerhead board, featuring Hyper Transport 3.0, four PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe x1 and two PCI slots.
HyperTransport 3.0 is said to provide twice the amount of bandwidth between the processor and chipset than the current generation HyperTransport. It also allows the processor and northbridge to operate at different frequencies, a maximum 75% of the processors speed to be exact.
Clock frequencies of the Phenom FX processors were not disclosed. “AMD failed to go into more detail regarding the technical specifications of the processors. The company only went as far as to say that the operating frequency of the processors used in the dual-socket system was more than that of the single-socket one,” claimed Paolo Corsini, senior editor for Italian publication HWUpgrade.IT. Recent guidance from AMD claims the Phenom FX processors range from 2.2 GHz to 2.6 GHz.
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