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AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor Frequently Asked Questions

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Vortexkrow

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AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

What are the benefits of the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

Will the AMD Athlon 64 processor use model numbers?

What AMD Athlon 64 processor models are available now?

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

What is AMD64?

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

Who needs 64-bit computing on the desktop?

What is a prosumer?

Who is supporting the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

Who are the OEMs for the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

Which operating systems support the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

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

What software applications are available for AMD64 processors?

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

What benchmarks are you using?

How did AMD choose its performance benchmarks?

How much does the AMD Athlon 64 processor cost?

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

Is the northbridge integrated into the AMD Athlon 64 architecture?

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






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

A: The AMD Athlon 64 processor features AMD64 technology for uncompromising 32-bit performance and a seamless migration to 64-bit computing; HyperTransport™ technology for outstanding bandwidth and reduced I/O bottleneck; an integrated DDR memory controller for improved application performance; hardware-enabled virus protection and Cool’n’Quiet™ technology that effectively lowers the power consumption of the system when the maximum performance is not needed.




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

A: PC users are looking for industry-leading performance on today’s 32-bit applications with capability for the 64-bit future. A growing number of customers need to access large amounts data and/or physical memory, including gamers and people doing advanced content creation work with photos, video and other digital media. AMD is targeting these tech-savvy consumers and businesses who want outstanding 32-bit performance for today with 64-bit capabilities that will enable them to run tomorrow’s advanced operating systems and applications.




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

A: As the industry’s only Windows®-compatible 64-bit PC processor, the AMD Athlon 64 processor puts the power of 64-bit computing at the fingertips of desktop and notebook PC users. It provides extraordinary 32-bit software application performance while allowing a simplified migration path to 64-bit applications. It is designed to provide unprecedented application performance for consumers and businesses by tremendously expanding data capacity and removing memory bandwidth limitations of 32-bit processors. It also offers unequaled investment protection as it is based on AMD64 technology.

All AMD64 processors feature hardware-enabled virus protection, designed to significantly reduce the threat of virus. Another AMD64 feature, Cool‘n’Quiet technology effectively lowers the power consumption of the system when the maximum performance is not needed.




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

A: Yes. AMD Athlon 64 processors are identified by a four-digit model number. AMD model numbers are a simple, accurate representation of relative AMD processor performance based on industry-standard software benchmarks. The higher the model number, the better the overall software performance running on the processor. The “+” at the end of each model number indicates the added performance benefits delivered by AMD's innovative processor designs.




Q: What AMD Athlon 64 processor models are available now?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 processor is now available in models 3400+, 3200+ and 3000+. Since frequency alone is not an accurate measure of performance, AMD model numbers are a simple, accurate representation of relative AMD processor performance based on industry-standard software benchmarks. The higher the model number, the better the overall software performance running on the processor. The “+” at the end of each model number indicates the added performance benefits delivered by AMD's innovative processor designs, such as an integrated memory controller and HyperTransport technology. These two factors alone account for a significant improvement in performance.




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 www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_9485_9487^9500,00.html for benchmark comparisons.
AMD expects the AMD Athlon 64 processor to offer industry-leading performance on 32-bit applications, and we expect it to outperform competing PC processors on industry-standard benchmarks. AMD expects the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor to outperform the AMD Athlon 64 processor as it is designed with more advanced features like higher clock speed, wider memory bandwidth, and larger cache sizes.




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 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: 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: Who is supporting the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

A: Click here for information on “where to buy” www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ComputingSolutions/0,,30_288_3091,00.html




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

A: AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems are available from more than 60 worldwide desktop and notebook computer manufacturers and system builders. Click here for more information www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ComputingSolutions/0,,30_288_3091,00.html




Q: Which operating systems support the AMD Athlon 64 processor?

A: The AMD Athlon 64 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 processor?

A: 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 are available for AMD64 processors?

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




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

A: AMD expects the AMD Athlon 64 processor to offer industry-leading performance. On 32-bit applications, we expect it to outperform competing PC processors on industry-standard benchmarks. AMD expects the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor to outperform the AMD Athlon 64 processor as it is designed with more advanced features like higher clock speed, wider memory bandwidth, and larger cache sizes.

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 www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_9485_9487^9500,00.html for 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: How much does the AMD Athlon 64 processor cost?

A: AMD prices all its products to provide competitive solutions. The 3400+ model is $417 in 1K units. The 3200+ model is $278 in 1K units. The 3000+ model is $218 in 1K units.




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

A: Please visit www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/DevelopWithAMD/0,,30_2252_869_9460,00.html for a complete list.




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

A: Some of the functions of what is known today as the northbridge are integrated into the processor.




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

A: In the AMD Athlon 64 processor, the front-side bus has been replaced by a dedicated memory bus and a HyperTransport technology link. The HyperTransport link operates at a frequency of up to 1600MHz.

Hope this Helps somebody! and Thanks to the guys at amd.com for this!
 

Docta_Z

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Might be adventagous to condense the two 64 bit FAQ's into a single larger FAQ... but this info has my vote for a sticky... again.

Thanks. :)