AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor Overview
The AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor features innovative technology to provide extraordinary performance and a computing experience without parallel. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor runs on AMD64, a revolutionary technology that 1) allows the processor to run 32-bit applications at full speed while enabling the coming wave of powerful, 64-bit software applications, and 2) provides Enhanced Virus Protection when used with the Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). AMD64 technology shatters barriers to new and advanced software that require 64-bit technology and blazing processor performance. Power-hungry enthusiasts, gamers, and prosumers can explore the full potential of AMD64 technology while enjoying outstanding performance on today's PC software.
The next generation of games and digital content creation applications will demand unprecedented performance to provide an extraordinary level of realism and awesome 3D graphics. Systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor are able to deliver leading-edge performance for the most demanding entertainment and content creation software today and in the future. With AMD64, life-like games with cinema-quality graphics and pro-level video editing are within PC users’ reach. Advanced 64-bit operating systems designed for the AMD64 platform from Microsoft, Red Hat, SuSE, and TurboLinux have already been announced.
Enhanced Virus Protection is a feature of AMD64 technology. This feature is enabled by the operating system, like Windows XP SP2 and the upcoming Windows XP 64-bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems, and is designed to trap a certain type of malicious exploit known as “buffer overrun” or “buffer overflow”. Enhanced Virus Protection together with the aforementioned operating systems are designed to prevent the spread of certain viruses, like MSBlaster and Slammer*.
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is the only Windows-compatible 64-bit PC processor and the world's most technically advanced PC processor. It features several technology innovations for immersive, cinematic computing experiences. The AMD64 architecture doubles the number of general purpose and SSE/SSE2 registers for improved performance and enhances multimedia processing with 3DNow!™ Professional technology and SSE2 technology. HyperTransport™ technology increases overall system performance by reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing system bandwidth, and reducing system latency. A 128-bit integrated DDR memory controller, together with industry standard DDR memory technology, provides extreme bandwidth - up to 6.4GB per second, and significantly reduces memory latency, improving performance for virtually all applications. The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor boasts the industry's largest on-die, high-performance cache memory system for PC processors, enhancing performance for many applications, especially large workloads.
Transform Your Computing Experience
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is designed for the most demanding PC software that extend the capabilities of today's desktop computer, driving applications to a new level of performance and potential:
^^Game Play: A game that is optimized for AMD64 can command a phenomenal amount of memory for textures, world models, and characters. The large physical memory and smart memory management of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor can provide excellent performance and access to a new level of cinema-quality gaming realism. Multi-player games and 3D environments can grow to massive proportions and incorporate stunning detail.
^^Game Development & Modification: AMD64 offers large memory capacity and other architectural performance improvements for fast and efficient compiling, level editing, development of complex 3D models, and asset management. The growing trend toward user-generated content can accelerate, and tap the creative efforts of thousands of game modification enthusiasts.
^^Game Serving & File Sharing: Multi-player games and peer-to-peer software that run on central servers can accommodate more users and larger physical environments. With the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor, more CPU horsepower is available for physics simulation, player interactions, and network connections.
^^Digital Content Creation: AMD64 applications can leverage huge physical memory and 64-bit processing to manipulate huge images and complex audio & video content.
Features and Benefits
^^AMD64 technology enables leading-edge software performance and new experiences & capabilities. Specifically, AMD64 technology:
Provides the highest performance levels for many existing 32-bit applications, without any changes to existing 32-bit applications.
Allows simultaneous, high-performance 32-bit and 64-bit computing, offering end-users an easy, compelling and affordable means to take advantage of tomorrow’s emerging applications.
Doubles the number of internal registers enabling increased performance
Vastly expands memory addressability well beyond 4GB for breath-taking realism in graphic intensive applications like 3D games, and real-time results for large memory footprint applications like digital media
^^Enhanced Virus Protection for Upcoming Windows® XP SP2
Enhanced Virus Protection enabled by the upcoming Windows XP SP2 is designed to prevent the spread of certain viruses, like MSBlaster and Slammer, significantly reducing the cost and down-time associated with similar viruses and improving the protection of computers and personal information against certain PC viruses.
HyperTransport technology helps increase overall system performance by reducing traditional system bottlenecks, increasing system I/O bandwidth, and reducing I/O latency; which translates into better multi-tasking, quicker loading of applications and extraordinary multimedia experiences.
^^The integrated Double Data Rate (DDR) memory controller dramatically reduces one of the worst, and most often encountered system bottlenecks found in existing platform designs; that is memory latency. The integrated DDR memory controller found in the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor:
Provides a performance boost by directly connecting the processor to the memory, thus dramatically reducing memory latency. As a result, performance is greatly improved on many applications, especially memory intensive applications like digital media and 3D games.
Supports industry-standard, widely-available DDR memory modules for high-performance systems to reduce total cost of ownership and/or development.
Features ECC protection that enables increased system reliability, helping to ensure your systems run smoothly.
^^High-Performance, On-Die Cache
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor features the world’s largest high-performance, on-die cache memory system for desktop PCs. The 1152KB (128KB L1 + 1024KB L2) of total usable cache improves instruction throughput. The end result is greatly improved performance on many applications, especially large memory workloads like digital media applications.
^^3DNow!™ Professional Technology + SSE2 Instructions
With the addition of SSE2 instructions to existing 3DNow!™ Professional technology, the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor is compatible with the largest installed base of multimedia-enhanced software.
Software specifically tuned for this suite of instructions means smooth, rich, lifelike images, precise digital audio and an enriched Web experience.
^^Operating Frequency: 2.6GHz
^^Type: Athlon 64 FX-55
^^Cache: Level 1 64KB+64KB; Level 2 1MB
^^Process: 0.13 Micron
^^FSB: Integrated into Chip
^^Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNow!, 3DNow!+
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