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Old 06-27-2005, 04:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default AMD ships world's 'fastest overclockable gaming CPU'

AMD ships world's 'fastest overclockable gaming CPU'

AMD today launched its latest gamer-oriented single-core processor, the Athlon 64 FX-57, positioning the part well above its recently released dual-core desktop chips.

The FX-57 is also the first member of the FX family to be fabbed at 90nm. It's also the first to support Intel's SSE 3 vector processing instruction set.

Those features clearly qualify the chip for gamers, but AMD also said it would engage with the overclocking community. Previous Athlon 64 FXs have been clock-unlocked, but AMD is making no secret of the fact. While overclocking the part will still voids its warranty, AMD said it wants to make the process safer by providing recommendations for heat-dissipation systems and other tools used by overclockers to ensure stable processor operation. The FX-57 has a maximum thermal power rating of 104W at its official clock speed.

AMD has upgraded the chip's integrated memory controller to work with 533MHz DDR SDRAM. Its predecessor, the FX-55, was limited to 400MHz memory. AMD isn't phasing out the FX-55 just yet, nor is it reducing the older product's pricing. Instead, AMD is using price to sandwich the top-end dual-core Athlon 64 X2 between the FX-55 and the FX-57.

Unlike Intel, which is pushing its dual-core Pentium D as a gaming processor almost as much as it is promoting the Pentium Extreme Edition as one, AMD wants clear blue water between the X2 line and the FX range. The former is for digital content creators, the latter is for gamers and overclockers, it says. It's certainly true that few if any major-league games support multiple processors, so there's little direct benefit to be had from using a dual-core CPU, but a dualie does allow gamers to run other code without the fear that it will negatively impact game performance.

Mind you, since the X2 4800+ is clocked to 2.4GHz and the FX-57 to 2.8GHz, it's hard to imagine AMD-friendly gamers not wanting the single-core part no matter what. The X2 is also locked against overclocking, AMD said. The FX-57 delivers around seven per cent greater performance than the 2.6GHz, 130nm FX-55, according to AMD's own benchmarks.

The new chip is priced at $1031, $30 more than the X2 4800+ and $204 more than the FX-55. The FX-57 is available immediately from AMD and from the usual-suspect system builders and PC vendors.

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AMD actually supports people overclocking, I like that...

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So when they fry their $1000 CPU, they have to buy another one.
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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if I am AMD I will NOT against people overclock too...

the reason for not liking customer to overclock is because I prefer my customer to buy better CPU, which is more expensive, right?

but since this one is already top of the line, so why not be a nice guy? :-P

and I agree if ppl fried their CPU, then they have to buy a new one, which means more profit...

so tell people feel free to overclock is like a smoke commercial, "feel free to hurt yourself as long as I am making a profit"
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You make it so drastic. Its not like they are telling you to, they are just making it easier for you so you cant be a dumbass and mess it up as easy.


that is awesome how they support it, big ups to them.
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I am not an overclocker, and I have an Intel. But this is just one more reason that AMD is prefered by many people, including me!
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Paying $1,100 for a "CPU" is absolutely insane. I don't care if it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. I paid $820 for a FX-55 and I almost beat the living crap outta myself.

I wonder how much the FX-59 is gonna cost. The thing is people shouldn't buy these new processors at all when they launch and the price is so high. Once they realize that no one is buying them the prices begin to drop. Seriously who's going to blow $1,100 on a single PC component?
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I will eventually.

Its called bragging rights, and its priceless.
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not only do they support overclocking they go out of their way to fix things like a 'cold bug' that probably less than 1% of the people out there are even effected by lol

(for those that dont know....the cold bug is a CPU not being able to work properly when put through extreme subzero temps)
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Them fixing that cold bug is cheap advertising though. It means that those people at XS can overclock to new WR loads of people find out (that are interested) and get tempted by it.

I would love to see what XS are getting the clock speed to.


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