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Computex 2004 Update (Part 1)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Events
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 5th June, 2004


AMD's Announcement

Computex 2004 today began with AMD announcing the availability of new processors based on the new Socket-939 form factor. As we've all known months ago, AMD's new processors will now support dual-channel memory much like their previous Athlon 64 FX processors which is based on the Socket-940 form factor. The single missing pin is to differentiate these two products as they are not pin compatible. According to AMD, the new Socket-939 processors have been optimized to enable motherboards to be manufactured with only four-layer PCBs and it presents a significant amount of cost savings for the consumer. In addition to that, the Socket-939 processors will support unbuffered memory, yet another significant and long awaited feature for AMD's dual-channel memory products. Currently, both the Opteron and Athlon 64 FX processors require expensive registered memory to be used to enable reliable operation of the system.

AMD also announced new processor speeds in the Athlon 64 family, with speeds rated at 3800+, 3700+ and 3500+. Both 3800+ and 3500+ will be available in the Socket-939 package. The Athlon 64 FX-53 will also be introduced into the Socket-939 form factor. Since both the Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX processors support unbuffered dual-channel memory, the difference between them lies in the amount of cache, with Athlon 64 processors carrying only 512KB of L2 cache and Athlon 64 FX with 1MB of L2 cache. The Athlon 64 FX-53 is priced at US$799 while the Athlon 64 processor models 3800+, 3700+ and 3500+ are priced at US$720, US$710 and US$500 respectively.

New Athlon 64 boxed processor packaging.


New Athlon 64 FX processor box packaging.

As you can see above, the new processors will come in a new easier to open packaging. It's now so much simpler to remove the processor from the box, as compared to what we currently have.

AMD also talked about the Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) technology which will be made available when Microsoft updates Windows XP with Service Pack 2. With the update, EVP will be enabled in the processor and it works by setting portions of the system memory aside as 'data only', which simply means that codes resident in these areas cannot be executed. This prevents viruses that uses the memory overflow method of execution to fail and eventually gets flushed out of the system memory.

AMD's Marketing Director for Asia Pacific, Sam Rogan, holding up their partners' motherboards based on the new Socket-939 form factor.


Microsoft's Vice President of Client Business, Jimmy Chen, talks about Microsoft's plans to embrace the AMD64 architecture, as well as AMD's Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) technology.


ASUS's Vice President of R&D Division, Jason Cheng, talks about ASUS' partnership with AMD.


MSI's Vice President of Sales, Larry Wu, gave a short address about MSI's dedication to building solutions for the Athlon 64 processors.

There were also a couple of other products displayed at the press conference....

Demonstration of an ASUS A8V system running on a Socket-939 Athlon 64 processor.


Notebooks based on the Athlon 64 Mobile processors should be making their way to the retail channel soon. Expect popular brands like ASUS and Acer.


AMD's Opteron processors can now be found in server products from Sun and IBM.


Shuttle's SN95G5 running the nBench 64 demo.

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