— Newest member of AMD64 processor family is designed to satisfy the needs of power-hungry gamers and enthusiasts —
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 27, 2005 --As
part of an ongoing effort to deliver the industry’s highest-performing
PC technology, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate
availability of the AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor, the world’s ultimate
PC processor for enthusiasts and hard-core gamers. Providing
unparalleled PC performance on 3D games and intense applications, the
new AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor allows power-hungry users to
experience the next generation of single-threaded games with intense
and realistic graphic resolutions.
"AMD recognizes that today’s games are single-threaded.
Users who crave the absolute best performance on 3D games and extreme
applications can experience realistic physics and lighting, as well as
gripping artificial intelligence and sound, with the single-core AMD
Athlon 64 FX-57 processor," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president,
Desktop Business, Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS), AMD. "Since
the AMD Athlon FX processor was first introduced, AMD has consistently
delivered the absolute best performing PC processor for games. Now in
our fourth iteration, the AMD Athlon 64 FX family of processors
continues to remain unmatched in the industry, designed to provide even
the most demanding gamer with reduced memory latency and increased
As PC gaming continues to escalate, the award-winning AMD
Athlon 64 FX family of processors consistently outperforms the
competition, performing up to 20 percent faster than competitive
products on 3D games. Because today’s games are single-threaded, 3D
gamers who seek to break the limits on application performance will be
best served in the foreseeable future with the incredible performance
of the single-core AMD Athlon 64 FX processor. AMD plans to introduce a
dual-core version of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor when multi-threaded
software games are available to take advantage of its benefits.
"The AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor is the fastest CPU available for running Half-Life
2, and the AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor will be even faster," said
Gabe Newell, founder and president of Valve. "I have an AMD Athlon 64
FX-55 processor in my personal gaming system, and I look forwarding to
upgrading to the AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor."
"Gamers, and those pushing the performance envelope on PCs,
have clearly seen AMD continue to deliver the most powerful set of
processors in their class," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for The
Enderle Group. "The AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor is the highest
performing single-core processor in the consumer market and I believe
that at least for the next 18 months, it is this single-core
performance that will be most important to the most competitive players
of PC games. With the AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor, AMD is, once
again, showcasing that they know and embrace this segment better then
To help satisfy the growing demands from gamers and
enthusiasts to raise the bar on high-performance gaming, Velocity Micro
is among the leading manufacturers planning to offer AMD Athlon 64
FX-57 processor-based systems.
"Velocity Micro understands what gamers want and strives to
deliver the ultimate gaming experience, going above and beyond gamers’
expectations," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO, Velocity Micro.
"By offering systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor,
Velocity Micro further confirms our dedication to deliver gaming PCs
optimized for performance with single-threaded games. Our systems are
designed to offer maximum performance with the highest resolution,
bringing the world of games to life."
For prosumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those
who run many software applications simultaneously, AMD recently
launched the AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor. Currently available
from over 40 system builders worldwide, this new processor delivers an
experience unmatched in the industry. Designed for desktop and
desktop-replacement notebooks, these new dual-core processors "smash
the hourglass" icon by delivering performance improvements of up to 80
percent on select digital media and productivity applications compared
to single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors.
Availability and Pricing
The AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor is available immediately worldwide.
All pricing is in 1,000-unit PIB quantities. Systems based on the AMD
Athlon 64 FX-57 processor are expected to be available from the
Europe: Amitech, Atelco, Dacco, Evesham, Fox, Hyrican, Komplett, Levi, Mesh, and Scan
- US and Canada: ABS, AFT, Alienware, Bass, BOXX, Canada Computers,
Cyberpower, Elite PC, Falcon Northwest, Hypersonic, Micro Center, Might
Micro, Monarch, Nor-Tech, Now Micro, PC Club, Planet Computers,
Polywell, Systemax, Totally Awesome, Velocity Micro, Voodoo PC,
Zipzoomfly, and ZT Group
- Japan: Am-system Co., Bless Corporation, and Thirdwave Corporation
The AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor is priced at $1031. For pricing details, please visit: http://www.amd.com/pricing .
AMD64 evolves the industry-standard 32-bit x86 architecture to
support the demanding 64-bit environment and enables next-generation
functionality and productivity today. AMD designed the AMD64 platform
to allow end users to enjoy reliable, best-in-class performance on the
32-bit software they own today while preparing for a seamless
transition to high-performance 64-bit applications. Designed from the
ground up to support multi-core capability, AMD64 dual-core processors
amplify the elegance and power of AMD’s current single-core solutions.
The AMD64 architecture is also designed to enhance the security of your
computing environment by integrating Enhanced Virus Protection*
technology enabled by advanced anti-virus features, including those
found in the current versions Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and BSD Unix.
Since the introduction of the AMD64 architecture in 2003, the AMD
Opteron™ processor for servers and workstations and the AMD Athlon 64
processor for desktop and notebook computers have earned more than 80
awards for innovation and performance, and the support of more than
2,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders, and
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