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AMD's long awaited Quad FX platform has made its premiere this morning in the form of an AMD press release. The Quad FX is essentially two AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors (also released today) and communicating with each other using DSDCA (Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture) to offer a total of four physical cores. While it does use Socket F, the memory does not need to be ECC registered, but rather uses traditional DDR2 with Non-Uniform Memory Access support. The maker of the Chipset is actually NVIDIA and not ATI. The Quad FX platform also boasts NVIDIA Scalable Link Interface (SLI). The slowest in the AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series is the FX-70 itself at $599 USD per processor, while the FX-72 and FX-74 are $799 and $999 respectively. All hardware for this platform is available today. If four cores aren't enough to suit your demanding needs, you may be interested in dual Intel Xeon 5300 Clovertowns, which will give you an octal core system.