AMD Puts Pressure On Intel In PC Gaming With New Socket For Two Dual-Core Processors

@ 2006/06/01
Advanced Micro Devices is going to fire back at Intel today in the enthusiast PC market. The Sunnyvale company will unveil a new socket for high-end computers today that will allow it to put two dual-core microprocessors side by side in a PC. The new 4x4 socket will help it compete for the speed crown with Intel, which is poised to launch its new Conroe desktop microprocessors in July.
Comment from Rutar @ 2006/06/02
then the problem exists that with current A64 CPUs in singlecore, we have plenty of CPU power for games, using dualcores should give another 50% at least on the power we have atm and with AF/AA being used all the time today, we are GPU limited for a long time
Comment from jmke @ 2006/06/02
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AMD seems to be banking on game developers taking advantage of more than two cores relatively soon—and on gamers and enthusiasts being excited about the prospect of having four cores cranking away. AMD mentioned the in-development game from CryTek, Crysis, as a probable showpiece for 4x4 systems. CryTek has put a lot of work into taking good advantage of multiple cores via multithreading, and Crysis may help persuade gamers that four CPU cores are good to have.
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Comment from Rutar @ 2006/06/02
Prgrammers of mainstream applications haven't used dualcores yet so it's doubtfull it would pay off anytime soon
Comment from GIBSON @ 2006/06/01
well of course it is, but i am just saying that it might pay of in the future
Comment from Rutar @ 2006/06/01
the only thing I could imagine is that they want to do something like SLI, which is a success from a business standpoint as you can now sell 2 500$ cards to the rich people, so why not sell 2 1000$ CPUs?
Comment from jmke @ 2006/06/01
but that's not for tomorrow, and their "fix" is to try and hold the enthusiast market in their grip and hope it will best Conroe...
Comment from GIBSON @ 2006/06/01
it should make quite the difference though when programmers start using the new technologies
Comment from jmke @ 2006/06/01
bad move either way; putting more CPUs in a PC doesn't make single threaded applications run faster, 99% of games are single threaded. end result: 1xFX-62 = 2xFX-62 << Conroe.
Comment from Rutar @ 2006/06/01
I could imagine it for the PRO segment but currently I thought there already were 4 way systems.


new sockets = angry consumers
Comment from Sidney @ 2006/06/01
does it have any practical sense/benefit from majority of users? Or, simply to fire back at Intel, an "Ego trip".
Comment from jmke @ 2006/06/01
this will be interesting; Quad Core PC; without games or applications that take 100% advantage of even 2 CPU's... interesting strategy; what their whole reverse-HT all about then?

 

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