AMD: Spider Gaming Platform

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AMD has announced the launch of its new Spider desktop gaming platform. Spider features three pronged approach to a high end machine built exclusively for the gaming enthusiast.

The AMD Phenom quad-core processor, the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series graphics card and a motherboard based on the AMD 790 chipset are the holy trinity that make up the AMD Spider platform. It’s an elitist setup and won’t function with a lower-end AMD processor, the older Radeon HD 2000 series graphics cards or even the new AMD 770-based motherboards.

The Spider offers PC gamers scalable platform performance, HD technology leadership, and energy-efficient design. Get the full specs on AMD’s newest gaming platform on Tech ARP.

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4 Comments on AMD: Spider Gaming Platform

Norbit

On November 29, 2007 at 8:43 am

This system suffers from 2 slight problems. The Phenom processors are crap and AMD will be playing catch up on Intel for years and ATi are currently lagging behind Nvidia.

The only reason I can think of for buying this is if you are definitely going to install 4 GPUs but that will still leave you with a crappy CPU.

Ron Whitaker

On November 29, 2007 at 9:12 am

Unfortunately for AMD, Norbit is right. The Phenom lags behind the Intel chips, and the ATi is struggling to keep pace with nVidia. Unless this is a value priced system, don’t look for it to fly off shelves.

Ldysabella

On November 29, 2007 at 10:23 am

Thanks for sharing. That’s good to know.

Norbit

On November 29, 2007 at 1:28 pm

I was just checking out some benchmark tests against the equivalent Intel processor. The Phenom 9600 which costs £199 ($410) was beaten in every single test by the Intel Q6600 which costs £167 ($344). The Intel CPU’s also allow far more overclocking as well so after overclocking the difference will be even bigger.

http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/601683/amd-23ghz-phenom-9600–first-benchmarks.html

The simple fact is that at the moment the best AMD quad core processor is outgunned in performance and price by the cheapest one Intel sell.