Asus reported to have AMD 4x4 exclusivity

Recent rumors suggest the launch of AMD's 4x4 dual-processor enthusiast platform is drawing near, but some motherboard manufacturers might be feeling left out. The Inquirer has heard that AMD selected Asus as the exclusive manufacturer of the first 4x4 motherboards, and that other board makers have not received "a single set" of 4x4 processors. A product manager for one of the companies told The Inq that AMD was "acting like Intel," even adding, "we won't help them in future." The manager went on to say that AMD knows its 4x4 systems won't be able to outperform Intel's quad-core Kentsfield processors.

Intel's first Kentsfield chip, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, hit stores earlier this week with a clock speed of 2.66GHz. Rumors claim AMD's 4x4 processor kits will follow before Christmas with speeds between 2.6GHz and 3.0GHz. We'll have to see whether AMD can compete with the QX6700's current ~$1,100 price tag, though. AMD itself stated that 4x4 kits would launch "well below $1,000," but the price of 4x4 motherboards may be higher than that of their Kentsfield-compatible counterparts, especially if Asus does have exclusivity. Support for dual processors should add to the production cost of a board, and Asus' high-end enthusiast motherboards aren't typically known for their low prices.

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