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AMD launches platform for multimedia users
Agam Shah (IDG News Service)
The ultimate experience
The combination of AMD Phenom processors, AMD 7-Series Chipsets and ATI Radeon HD graphics enable the ultimate visual experience with high-definition video, providing extreme resolution, quality and performance.
Spider will support CrossfireX technology, which allows up to four graphics cards to work together to enhance graphics performance in a system. That allows scalability in graphics performance and saves users from investing in graphics chips in the future.
Unleash the power
The powerful combination of an AMD Phenom processor and an ATI Radeon HD 3850 graphics processor in a quad-ATI CrossFireX configuration on an AMD 790FX Chipset-based motherboard unleashes the gaming power of DirectX 10 and 10.1.
The scalable AMD 'Spider' platform provides a new dimension of computing for the ultimate experience in life-like gaming.
PCs based on the Spider platform will ship with the ATI Radeon HD 3850 and ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics cards. The graphics cards support Microsoft's DirectX 10.1 specification that enhances overall image quality on PCs. DirectX is the primary interface responsible for rendering multimedia, including game images and video, on Microsoft platforms. It also renders better high-definition video with support for UVD (Unified Video Decoder), which results in better HD-DVD and Blu-ray images.
AMD's Spider platform
Advanced Micro Devices is expected to launch the 'Spider' platform, which combines the company's next-generation quad-core processors, graphics cards and chipsets in one platform to deliver better graphics, performance-per-watt and improved high-definition video.
Targeted at gamers and multimedia enthusiasts, desktop PCs with the Spider platform include the quad-core Phenom processors and can hold multiple ATI graphics cards to give users the "ultimate visual experience", according to AMD.
The quad-core Phenom processor will provide the processing power to the platform, and will be initially available in speeds of 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz. Processor speeds will crank up to 2.4GHz to 2.6GHz in the first quarter of 2008, said Leslie Sobon, director of product marketing for desktop systems at AMD. Phenom includes three shared caches to improve memory performance, an improvement from the two caches included in earlier AMD processors.
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