Quad FX finally hits stores, but with a premium

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:

Product

Launch
price


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

Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer. Considering Quad FX hardware was supposed to hit stores with lower price tags over a month ago, those premiums might not sit well with many users.

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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    • Beomagi
    • 13 years ago

    prices are not bad when looking at it as a dual core lone chip – 3.0GHz for $500, 2.6 dual core for $300 though i’d rather get a core 2 for $300, it’s a step in the right direction.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    Where is the comparison of these against similar Ghz Opty’s? Wouldn’t Opteron chips + board + ram be more expensive than this setup?

    • BRiT
    • 13 years ago

    Fuck that shit. Easier to go Core 2 Quad.

    • moose17145
    • 13 years ago

    Well… the added price isn’t going to help any, but like TR said in their review… it really isn’t like any one of these machine setups are slow by any means, the performance gap all you people are talking about is probably only noticeable in benchmarks, in actual use the system is so dang fast you can’t tell a difference. Also i find it hilarious that people are trying to say that the AMD system isn’t as practical when u consider price. hate to break it to you, but you are so completely wrong i can’t help but laugh. If you can afford either a quad fx or a core 2 quad, and are willing to drop the coin needed to purchase either, then price is certainly not an issue, so stop using that lame excuse for top of the line parts, because you don’t buy a top end part for the best price/performance ratio. Also reading reviews on newegg, i have noticed many of the reviewers who own those top of the line products tend to own both… why, because they can afford it, and have a level of financial freedom most can only imagine. Basically im not saying that the quad fx system is better, but the argument is so dumb. It’s comparing a ferrari to Ford GT, eitherway they are faster than crap.

    But on a different note that i am taking more interest in over whether a quad fx is better than a quad core intel is that ZZF sure seems to be giving the Egg a run for their money on prices lately. Maybe we will get lucky and the two will just compete with each other for lower prices, all it can mean is good things for the consumer.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 13 years ago

    Shintai and Proesterchen manboy/fanboy hate starting in 5.4.3.2.1

    edit: oops, too late.

      • leor
      • 13 years ago

      what’s bugged out is they still do it. i mean we crack on them for being trained monkeys and they are still that predictable!

    • Vaughn
    • 13 years ago

    yes but your automatically a Fanboy if u buy a AMD processor over a Core2, get with the program man.

    And there is no explantion u can use to explain your purchase u are a fanboy plain and simple.

    Its getting quite out of hand with the stupid labelling actually. Its like calling someone a noob, the word is so over used its hardly and insult. And it makes people that go against the status quo, enjoy this even more cause people get worked up so much over what other people buy!

    just my 2c

      • ScythedBlade
      • 13 years ago

      Well, if you decide to build a new comp. However, if you have that 939 or AM2 mobo lying around from a year ago, then probably not. Only, these new processors are liek auto branding fanboys.

      (AT LEAST NETBURST P4s PWNT A64s @ encoding …)

      • moose17145
      • 13 years ago

      Sure your not an intel fanboy? Personally i fail to see why you give a crap what other people buy. Eitherway it is good for the economy. Also, i fail to see why you think that there is no good application for Quad FX, it DID beat intel at 3D modeling and rendering, and i know a couple people who are looking to do that for their lifes work, and for them, time IS money (3D Studio Max 9 doesn’t count, that was a total wash with anything more than one core, and most of the people i know looking into rendering arean’t using Max9, or at least not yet, and by the time they do they will probably have the quad core bug fixed). Now granted at this price point you may as well just buy a full blown opteron system, so some appeal for the setup is lost, but i do not believe you can get two opterons at that speed for that low of cost. For general purpose home user computing or gaming, yea, the core 2 is much better, but there are computers out there are are built for very specialized purposes, and as a result you should not be so quick as to saw that the core 2 is better at EVERYTHING, as that is simply not the case.

        • Bet
        • 13 years ago

        y[

          • Proesterchen
          • 13 years ago

          q[

            • moose17145
            • 13 years ago

            Yes… keeping hard working people employed… how dastardly of me to think such a thing.

            • Proesterchen
            • 13 years ago

            q[

            • moose17145
            • 13 years ago

            because they are developing new architectures right now u artard, and they need a rather large number of highly trained people to do so. If you think you can do better, then stop fanboying for intel and go develope something better yourself.

            • Proesterchen
            • 13 years ago

            I think you’re misunderstanding me here, let me try to explain:

            When looking from a customer’s POV, and that’s the POV I’m taking because, surpisingly, that’s who I am, there’s no point in rewarding a company for a bad product. It’s actually harmful as it lessens the incentives to invest in R&D and come up with better products ASAP.

            Therefore, people buying second-rate products shouldn’t fool themselves into thinking that they’re helping the economy or competition in the sector by those kinds of actions. The only ones you’re helping with such bad buying decisions are the people responsible for the blunder, the current line-up of execs at the company that’s behind …

            • moose17145
            • 13 years ago

            yea except AM2 isn’t a bad product and was still kicking intels butt until the C2D came out. And in case you haven’t been able to figure it out yet, the fact that AMD gave intel a run for it’s money for that long is still quite impressive. AMD is still a much much smaller company and cannot afford to just toss money around into R&D like intel can. So stop bashing them and give them time to get a new product out. Im sure they are working as fast as they can. Not that any of that matters to you im sure.

            • Proesterchen
            • 13 years ago

            q[

            • Shintai
            • 13 years ago

            I think you explained why americans drive around in inferiour cars 😛

            Brand loyalty/patriotism.

            • moose17145
            • 13 years ago

            Well im going to assume you are referring to American made cars, even though that is all i have driven and have had fewer problems with than all my friends who have had jap cars that fell apart in no time unless they babied the hell out of them. Plus, idk where you live, but where i live we have to haul this thing called “lumber”, and we also pull this other machine around called a “boat”, and well… cars just don’t fit the bill… and i have yet to see a jap truck that can match any American made one.

            Also, arean’t you two supposed to developing a better cpu than what AMD has out right now or something? I mean if you can’t just say so… im sure everyone here will understand.

        • Vaughn
        • 13 years ago

        was that in reply to my post i’m confused?

    • PRIME1
    • 13 years ago

    The moral of the story is……While Newegg is great always check ZZF before you buy.

      • jroyv
      • 13 years ago

      My #1 & #2 shopping sites 🙂

    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    i’d like to see some benchies before i even consider it.

      • Shintai
      • 13 years ago

      Plenty of benches to be seen, nothing that impresses.

    • Proesterchen
    • 13 years ago

    Ridiculous prices for ridiculous products.

      • wierdo
      • 13 years ago

      I can see the mobo being possibly neat with a futur K8L but I don’t see much practical use out of the regular K8 cores on this mobo… I don’t think this is a good buy, especially the CPU. I’d wait until the K8L cores are out and see if the mobo shows some promise with them IMHO.

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