AMD Delivers Desktop Product Powerhouse While Reducing Costs for Ecosystem Partners; Newest AMD Athlon(TM) 64 FX and AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Processors Raise Performance, Enable Virtualization

"As complete support for dual-core CPUs is becoming essential, we at Croteam definitely appreciate all the power we can get for our new Serious Engine," said Dean Sekulic, programmer, Croteam. "The AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor is the power behind our development."

"CyberPower is excited to offer the new socket AM2 processors like the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 FX-62 dual-core processor, and the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 dual-core processor 5000+ for delivering the ultimate in gaming performance for your hardcore enthusiast demands," said Eric Cheung, CEO, CyberPower, Inc. "With our renowned loyalty to service and support, CyberPower can unleash the most powerful gaming performance for you."

"Since the introduction of multi-core processors, the way we create technology for games has changed forever. DICE (Digital Illusions) is in the process of creating a new powerful gaming engine that take full advantage of the extra processing power that multi-core CPUs give us," said Torbjorn Soderman, lead rendering programmer, DICE. "This power enables us to create richer and more lifelike worlds which will enhance the immersion and quality of game play to new heights. The new AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor excels in these environments and future DICE games using our new multi-core engine technology will fully harness its power."

"Elitegroup is glad to announce the KN3 SLI2, KA3 MVP and RS485M-M will support the socket AM2 processors and DDR2 memory. The KN3 SLI2 and KA3 MVP motherboards are dedicated gaming platforms for the enthusiast, while the RS485M-M is a highly integrated motherboard for entertainment," said Adam Chou, marketing director, Product Marketing Division, Elitegroup. "Elitegroup provides a full product line of socket AM2 solutions for different market segments."

"The AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor is an amazingly powerful processor," said Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games Inc. "It provides excellent performance for next-generation games built on Epic's Unreal Engine 3. We're thrilled to see AMD moving so quickly to bring high-performance dual-core computing to gamers."

"Gamers who own an AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor and a solid graphics card will be rendering Civilization 4 in all its glory," said Tim McCracken, qa manager, Firaxis Games. "On a huge map with 18 Civilizations, the AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor processed my gaming strategy turns instantaneously."

"Fujitsu Siemens Computers' modular and environmentally-conscious designed ESPRIMO Professional PC line offers users the highest quality standards and cutting-edge technology," said Andreas Thimmel, vice president, Business Clients, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "The transition to socket AM2 enables performance enhancements and next-generation platform innovations such as AMD Virtualization and high-performance, unbuffered DDR2 memory."

"GIGABYTE is honored to work with AMD to bring the best socket AM2 solutions to the PC market," said David Chiang, general manager, GIGABYTE Channel Business Unit. "GIGABYTE GA-M59SLI-S5, a socket AM2 motherboard, brings consumers some of the best motherboard engineering development ever undertaken by GIGABYTE such as Silent, Speed, Smart, Safe and SLI. Socket AM2 processors in conjunction with GIGABYTE motherboards, enable excellent performance from the socket AM2 platform."

"The AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor is optimal for our HydraCore(TM) technology which allows our customers to harness the power of a multi-core or multi-threaded system," said Tom Keating, director of engineering, Havok. "Not only does HydraCore run smoothly and without any problems, but it runs a staggering 82% faster when utilizing both cores. Combine that with games running on AMD's Athlon 64 FX dual-core processors and the results will be phenomenal."

"Kingston is strongly committed to supporting the latest AMD roadmap and new technology efforts," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technical manager, Kingston. "Kingston's involvement with AMD in technology development and our close collaboration with AMD ensures our mutual customers will have ample availability of DDR2 modules worldwide. Kingston is ready to support AMD's new socket AM2 transition with our full line of DDR2 memory modules."

"MSI is pleased to announce the K9N SLI Platinum and K9N Ultra motherboards now support the socket AM2 platform," said Charles Chiang, vice president, Research & Development Division, MSI. "K9N SLI Platinum is a powerful solution for the socket AM2 platform, K9N Ultra is the mainstream powerful product for power users with products that has been tested to meet AMD's strict standard of compatibility. The K9N series products are among the highest quality MSI flagship motherboards."

"The AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor-based machines give us a 25% reduction in build times for development, while at the same time still providing excellent frame rates when we crank the display and graphics settings all the way up in Flight Sim," said Carl Edlund, dev manager, Microsoft Flight Sim Team. "The application load times are one tenth our other machines, which makes this a very sought after piece of hardware in our halls."

"AMD's latest socket AM2 processors pave the way for improved bandwidth with DDR2 memory, and offer new ways to optimize performance over older DDR memory technology," said Terren Tong, product manager, "In conjunction with AMD's proven X2 dual core technology, we're excited by the performance boost that socket AM2, AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 and AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ dual-core processors will bring to the consumer."

"Multi-core is clearly the future of performance computing and AMD is at the forefront of this technology," said Tom Gambill, senior software engineer, NC Soft. "The AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor is the clear leader in 3D gaming and a dual-core version is just what we have been waiting for."

"AMD has been a valuable partner to the overall success of our entire NVIDIA nForce product portfolio, which, as of today, are deeply entrenched in the enthusiast, mobile, professional, and UMA markets," said Drew Henry, general manager of MCP business at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA and AMD share a common passion in developing innovative technologies and today's introduction of the new socket AM2 platform continues that tradition in fine form."

"Remedy welcomes AMD Athlon 64 FX as its dual-core capabilities are the true next generation of PC gaming," said Markus Maki, development director, Remedy Entertainment. "Alan Wake will run with improved visual and physical fidelity on dual-core processors, and the extra processing power will be integral for future gaming."

"SiS fully endorses AMD's pioneering vision of next-generation platform innovations and will keep providing support to its industry standardization to have better solutions created for our customers," said Daniel Chen, CEO, SiS. "SiS has been co-developing technologies with AMD for many years, and realizes immediate benefits from AMD dual-core processors. With native dual-core AMD64 processors, users are able to run multimedia and security applications with enhanced performance, and also enjoy new levels of multi-tasking capabilities."

"Vivendi Games is pleased to reinforce our continued commitment to PC gaming excellence based on AMD64 technology. With the launch of the next generation AMD Athlon 64 FX dual-core processor, we're seeing the PC gaming experience really come of age," said Peter Della Penna, EVP/COO Worldwide Studios, Vivendi Games. "Combining the advantages of dual-core technology, the AMD64 instruction set, and an incredibly fast HyperTransport(TM) link, PC games are set to reach new levels of realism and performance. We've been thrilled to discover our own benchmarks reveal outstanding performance across a broad range of our titles. Our support for the AMD Athlon 64 platform continues in 2006 and beyond."

"VIA is proud to support AMD's continued processor leadership in the transition to socket AM2," commented Chewei Lin, vice president, Product Marketing, VIA Technologies Inc. "Through the support of technologies such as AMD Virtualization and high-performance DDR2 memory, the new socket AM2 platform together with VIA's leadership in top-to-bottom chipset solutions will offer customers optimal performance without compromise."

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