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AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor Frequently Asked Questions

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AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor Frequently Asked Questions
What are the key features of the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor?

What are the differences between the AMD Athlon 64 processor and the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

What is the difference between the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor and the AMD Opteron™ processor for 1-way servers and workstations?

What markets are you targeting for the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

What is a prosumer?

What is the strategy behind the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

What are the benefits of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

What does FX mean?

What does the 51 mean?

What is the numbering scheme?

What speeds are available now?

Will the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor use model numbers?

Why are the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor model numbers different than the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

What is AMD64?

What is AMD’s vision for 64-bit computing?

Who needs 64-bit computing on the desktop?

Who is supporting the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

Who are the OEMs for the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

Which operating systems will support the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor at launch?

What kinds of applications will benefit from the performance of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

What software applications will be available for the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor at launch?

What kind of performance does the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor deliver?

What benchmarks are you using?

How did AMD choose its performance benchmarks?

What does the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor cost?

What chipsets will be available to support the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor? What motherboards are in development?

Is the northbridge integrated into the AMD Athlon 64 FX architecture?

What is the front-side bus frequency of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?






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Q: What are the key features of the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor features AMD64 technology for outstanding 64-bit performance, HyperTransport™ technology for increased bandwidth and reduced I/O bottlenecks, the industry’s largest on-die cache memory system for PCs and an integrated DDR memory controller to speed up memory-intensive applications.




Q: What are the differences between the AMD Athlon 64 processor and the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor offers greater performance, larger cache memory and a 128-bit memory interface. It is designed to offer extraordinary performance on digital content creation and gaming applications. It is simply the best PC processor you can buy. Please visit http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_9485_9488^9532,00.html for benchmark comparisons.




Q: What is the difference between the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor and the AMD Opteron™ processor for 1-way servers and workstations?

A: While they both feature a 128-bit wide integrated memory controller with registered memory, the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is designed for gamers and prosumers who need high-performance desktop systems. The AMD Opteron processor for 1-way servers and workstations is designed for businesses that need high-performance server solutions for demanding enterprise applications.

Additionally, the processors differ in that the AMD Opteron processor features three HyperTransport links, compared to the one HyperTransport link of the AMD Athlon FX processor. They are also tested to different electrical specifications.




Q: What markets are you targeting for the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: Gamers and prosumers.




Q: What is a prosumer?

A: A prosumer is a user who produces professional-like results from higher-end consumer-level software applications for digital media, 3-D modeling, etc. Many of these enthusiasts use professional versions on workstations at work or school.




Q: What is the strategy behind the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: The processor is aimed at giving gamers and prosumers a processor designed for their specific, demanding needs for improved memory access, the ability to use 64-bit software, and the convenience of maintaining their 32-bit software of today. It is simply the best PC processor you can buy.




Q: What are the benefits of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is designed to enable a cinematic computing experience. The efficient design of the processor allows a more immersive experience. The integrated memory controller, AMD64 core, and HyperTransport technology combine to give you a movie-like gaming experience. AMD64, the core of the processor allows seamless migration from today’s 32-bit computing to next-generation software written specifically for AMD64 processors.




Q: What does FX mean?

A: FX is the class designator. It also alludes to the film industry’s terminology for effects.




Q: What does the 51 mean?

A: This is part of the series designation. The number “51” is arbitrary. It is odd numbered on purpose. The odd numbers are different. They stand out from the norm, much like the processor.




Q: What is the numbering scheme?

A: It will be based on a series. The numbering for AMD Athlon 64 FX processors starts at 51 and proceeds by increments of two.




Q: What speeds are available now?

A: Frequency alone is not a good measure of performance. There are other factors like bus speed and cache size as well as platform performance that affect application performance. AMD sells the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor according to series numbers. Today this processor is available in model FX-51. The processor architecture operates at 2.2GHz.




Q: Will the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor use model numbers?

A: No. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is sold according to series numbers.




Q: Why are the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor model numbers different than the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is sold according to series numbers to distinguish it from the AMD Athlon 64 processor. Customers of the two processors differ substantially. The customer for the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor performs his own benchmark tests and makes his own evaluation of processor performance




Q: What is AMD64?

A: AMD64 is AMD’s 64-bit platform that extends the industry-standard x86 instruction set architecture and defines a new class of computing. The AMD64 platform is the first designed to deliver full compatibility with existing x86 solutions and world-class 64-bit performance. The award-winning AMD Opteron™ processor for servers and workstations is the first milestone in establishing this new class of computing. The AMD Athlon™ 64 processor family will allow pervasive adoption of the AMD64 platform for desktop and notebook personal computers.




Q: What is AMD’s vision for 64-bit computing?

A: The evolution from 32-bit computing to 64-bit computing is inevitable and will happen much faster than the transition from 16-bit to 32-bit. AMD64 can accelerate the industry’s move to 64-bit computing by providing a solution developed with customers in mind.

AMD’s approach embraces the platforms and applications already in use in business and home computing today and offers a way to make a smooth transition to next-generation technology by allowing simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing. AMD64 enables a seamless transition for enterprises and consumers; it is designed to provide a migration to 64-bit computing without sacrificing the performance and compatibility of today’s installed base of 32-bit systems.




Q: Who needs 64-bit computing on the desktop?

A: Prosumers, gamers, computing enthusiasts and technical professionals. AMD64 technology provides these customers with a combination of compatibility and performance necessary to drive demanding applications that push the limits of the x86 architecture. Over time, the full benefit of AMD64 technology should become available to a broader audience, as consumers adopt more sophisticated software for emerging applications.




Q: Who is supporting the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: Please see http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ComputingSolutions/0,,30_288_3091,00.html for where-to-buy information.




Q: Who are the OEMs for the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: AMD expects the bulk of the upcoming AMD Athlon 64 FX processors to be sold to computer enthusiast in PIB (processor in a box) or by small ‘extreme PC’ system builders.




Q: Which operating systems will support the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor at launch?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is designed to run all 32-bit x86 operating systems. In addition, all major operating systems vendors are expected to support the AMD64 platform including Microsoft, RedHat, SuSE, United Linux (comprised of SuSE, Conectiva, Caldera and TurboLinux), MandrakeSoft and Wasabi.




Q: What kinds of applications will benefit from the performance of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: All applications will benefit from increased data throughput and architecture efficiency. In particular, memory-intensive applications like games and digital content creation will benefit from the architecture.




Q: What software applications will be available for the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor at launch?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is compatible with today’s existing 32-bit PC applications. Additionally, AMD has received commitment from a number of leading software vendors to provide applications that are compatible with AMD64 technology.




Q: What kind of performance does the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor deliver?

A: AMD expects the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor to be the highest performing 32-bit PC processor at launch. AMD uses a wide range of industry-standard benchmarks to determine the performance of its processors. AMD expects 64-bit application performance to be even higher.

Due to the limited number of desktop 64-bit benchmarks and the lack of competing Windows-compatible 64-bit PC processors, a 64-bit comparison cannot be made at this time.




Q: What benchmarks are you using?

A: Please visit http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_9485_9488^9532,00.htmlfor a complete list of benchmarks we use. AMD divides its benchmarks into three categories: productivity, digital content, and gaming.




Q: How did AMD choose its performance benchmarks?

A: AMD chose its benchmark suite based on the applications that users care about most.




Q: What does the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor cost?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 processors is $733 for 1K units.




Q: What chipsets will be available to support the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor? What motherboards are in development?

A: Please visit http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/DevelopWithAMD/0,,30_2252_869_9480,00.htmlfor a complete list. ALI, ATI, NVIDIA, SiS and VIA have committed to delivering chipsets for AMD64 processors.




Q: Is the northbridge integrated into the AMD Athlon 64 FX architecture?

A: Some of the functions of what is known today as the northbride are integrated into the processor. In particular, the memory controller is part of the AMD Athlon 64 FX architecture.




Q: What is the front-side bus frequency of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor?

A: In the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor, the front-size bus has been replaced by a dedicated memory bus and a HyperTransport link. The HyperTransport link operates at 1600MHz.

Hope i help somebody out with this! Thanks to the guys at amd.com for this!