AMD to showcase desktop quad-core chip
The first quad-core chips based on AMD's new architecture aren't expected to appear before the middle of this year. According to Hardspell, however, AMD will provide a sneak peak at its upcoming "Agena FX" high-end quad-core processor on the 23rd and 24th of April. The demonstration, Hardspell says, will take place simultaneously with the launch of AMD's long-awaited R600 graphics processor and accompanying Radeon X2900-series graphics cards. The site has what looks like an AMD slide that confirms the Agena FX code name and says that the chip will have 512KB of L2 cache per core, 2MB of shared L3 cache, and the ability to work in tandem with another Agena FX chip in an eight-core Quad FX system.
That same slide also mentions an upcoming RD790 chipset, which it says will support CrossFire multi-GPU technology. According to rumors we heard back in October of last year, the RD790 will have PCI Express 2.0 and HyperTransport 3.0 support. It will also have room for either two x16 PCI Express slots or four x16 slots with eight lanes of bandwidth each.