On November 30 last year, AMD introduced its Quad FX platform, promising immediate availability of Quad FX dual-processor kits and of the lone accompanying motherboard. As we saw last month, however, the hardware was nowhere to be seen for a quite while after the launch.
Well, Quad FX chips and the dual-socket Asus L1N64-SLI WS have finally appeared on some online retailers' websites over the past few days, with spotty availability. Unfortunately, enthusiasts eager to build themselves a Quad FX rig will have to deal with more disappointments: Quad FX chips are sold individually at a $25-50 premium, and the Asus mobo is not only out of stock but also priced $30-80 above the launch figure.
Here's a table comparing launch prices with prices from Newegg and ZipZoomFly, which are the only two online retailers to sell Quad FX hardware according to our price search engine:
|Newegg price||ZZF price|
|AMD Athlon 64 FX-74||$999||$1100||$1097.98|
|AMD Athlon 64 FX-72||$799||$900||$899.98|
|AMD Athlon 64 FX-70||$599||$700||$649.98|
|Asus L1N64-SLI WS||$349.99||$429.99||$379.99|
We quizzed an AMD spokesman about the subject, and he confirmed that AMD has not changed its official prices on FX processors. We also asked Asus about its motherboard pricing, but the company has yet to answer.
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