sept. 23rd is supposed to be the release date. I did find a release party in S.F. that will be taking entries for some sort of lan party and given entrants the option to buy an entry package for $640 including the athlon 64fx, mobo, and ram. Sure would be nice if we could non ecc ram for this cpu.
How about the heat? Overclockers who do it just because will need to get this chip and take it to its maximum speeds. If we get a few rich massive overclockers getting into this new Athlon, we could see a price drop. Likeliness? 0:4
well, its a little questionable on the overclockability of this stuff due to the market for which its aimed. 64bit cpus have always been geared towards the server crowd and the need for ecc ram only weakens the outlook. The ram wont be nearly as overclockable and the motherboards wont be geared towards overclockers for some time. This will leave us attempting more volt mods and basically experimenting all over again. I look at how much money I spent learning to "get it right"...then I realize just where all my money has gone.
I spent about $5k on my system to get it where it is at this point. That includes various mobos and volt mods. You fry one and then learn your limits. I definately cant afford to go through all that again. The pattern that I see is that given another year we will have boards geared towards the overclocking of the 64bit cpus....much the same as we saw the 8rga and nf2 arrive with various additional voltage options in the bios which defeated our needs for volt mods on the 8rda+.
This time Im gonna play it smart and kick back till the waves settle.....then when the big wave comes Ill slap on the wetsuit and wade my board into the surf!
By the way the current benchies that sanders is putting out with this new 64fx and a 9800pro clocked way below mine is over 100 points greater then my current top stable bench...and he wasnt oc'ing the cpu. Just to clarify, thats a 2,475mghz verses my amd at 2832mhrz and my 9800pro 256 at 510/409. So there you can see that this 64fx truelly rules!