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AMD Quad FX platform coming to an abrupt end

by Parm Mann on 30 November 2007, 15:15

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Early adopters pay the price

When we first unveiled and benchmarked AMD's Quad FX platform in November 2006 and then pushed it to its limit in January 2007, we came to the conclusion that "the FX-70s are shaping up to be an AMD era which perhaps we'd all rather forget".

Within a year, it now seems that AMD themselves would agree. When asked about the future of the Quad FX platform by TechReport.com, AMD's Suzy Pruitt stated:

"The short answer is that while there are still engineering resources focused on future platform offerings that build off Quad FX, the current energy and effort has gone into programs and product initiatives like “Spider” and AMD has discontinued future planning and development of its eight-core enthusiast platform at this time."

The word discontinued will be ringing in the ears of early adopters. Suzy Pruitt did add however that AMD "will continue to support customers that have an existing Quad FX with DSDC and are also working on an upgrade path for those customers". When asked for further details on the upgrade path however, she advised the upgrade "likely won't be a Phenom-branded product".

Though insistent on continuing to support the Quad FX platform, AMD seems to have promised a platform of the future and then all but forgotten it in the same year.

Further reading
HEXUS.net: AMD's '4x4' Quad-FX platform unveiled and benchmarked
HEXUS.net: AMD QuadFX pushed to the limit... and beyond
Source: TechReport.com



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Lets not forget that the quad FX was effectively not much more than a stop gap until they had a true quad core solution.

I think the majority of AMD supporters would rather they pooled as much of their resources as is needed to get the Phenom family off the ground as this is where their best chance of becoming competitive with Intel again lies. At least they haven't completely turned their back on the early adopters, they just need to put all they have behind Spider and Phenom right now.
I don't agree Will, AMD originally touted Quad FX as a future proof enthusiast platform.

A certain former board member of AMD once said to me:

Being a gamer myself, I understand you very well. Having to backup and rebuild a RAID just because you are changing chipsets is a hassle one wants to avoid unless there is no other choice.

The Quad FX platform is all about giving a base with a LOT of headroom in every dimension such that one can start today with a single dual-core processor and move progressively to up to two octal cores, four graphic cards and 8 hard drives. I was the person that essentially speced the QUAD FX because the standard ATX form factor is really out of gas.

So I would encourage you to move to that platform and I can guarantee you it will last you a VERY long time.
knew it wasnt gonna last. I can imagine those who paid so much $$$ for it now.
wow bet there are some very unhappy very poor people out there that spent there money on these