AMD Quad FX
The hottest tech talk on the Internet now is, of course, about cores. AMD has officially announced its Quad FX Platform, in which a pair of AMD Athlon 64 FX series dual-core processors can be used together on a supporting motherboard. This dual-socket platform enables use of four cores for megatasking– use of multiple displays or running multithreaded applications such as games, while running other processes like disc burning and so on.
Power consumption is much higher than an equivalent Intel system, though. Some forums are
talking about an upgrade possibility–using eight cores on the platform after the release of AMD’s
quad-core chips. Some experts believe there isn’t any potential in hooking up more than two cores,
and that there will not be any performance boosts with new titles. In any case, the battle of the
multiple cores continues…