AMD to Fight Intel with a Dragon

AMD is about to release a brand new platform technology, named “Dragon,” featuring its new AMD Phenom II X4 processor. The platform has been designed specially for demanding users and high-end gaming as well as graphic and video professionals and enthusiasts.
On the inside this Dragon platform features new liquid cooling from CoolITSystems to take users to the next level of performance. (Credit: AMD) 
On the inside this Dragon
platform features new liquid
cooling from CoolITSystems to
take users to the next level of
performance (Credit: AMD)

The Dragon platform technology unites AMD’s highest-performing CPU, the AMD Phenom II X4 processor, with the company’s advanced ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series graphic core and AMD 7-Series chipsets. Leading global PC producers HP, Dell, and Alienware are preparing to release Dragon based desktop systems in the first quarter of 2009, with Dell offering immediate availability in its Dell XPS desktop line.

 
 “The Dell XPS 625 desktop powered by AMD’s Dragon platform technology features new AMD Phenom II processors to enable a significant boost in speed for enhanced gaming, as well as the flexibility to enable multi-tasking and HD video capabilities free from delays, stalls, and lags,” said Arthur Lewis, general manager of Dell Gaming Group. “The XPS 625 gives gamers the unbelievable experience they expect at a price point that won’t break the bank.”
 The Dragon Pot filled with liquid nitrogen during the first cooling phase next to a special diagnostic board that sits on a PCI-E slot next to the ATI Radeon(TM) 4870 X2 graphics card all on the DFI
The Dragon Pot filled
with liquid nitrogen during
the first cooling phase next
to a special diagnostic board
that sits on a PCI-E slot next
to the ATI Radeon 4870 X2
graphics card all on the DFI
“Lan Party Jr.” AMD 790GX
M2RS mobo and the AMD
Phenom III X4 processor.
Eraser gum is used to insulate
and protect the mobo
components and traces from
the supercooled CPU socket.
(Credit: AMD)
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The AMD Phenom II X4 processor features intelligent multi-core technology that instinctively supplies processing power where it is required while multitasking. The system also offers speeds of up to 3.0 GHz with significant headroom for overclocking.

 
AMD hopes to change the desktop PC industry by providing affordable all-in-one solution with high levels of performance capable of handling gaming, video editing, and other media-intensive tasks. Although Intel, AMD’s direct competitor, has been leading the “CPU war” for quite some time now, AMD feels it might be able to fight back with a combined all-AMD-solution (CPU/GPU and chipset) which might prove to be more cost effective than a comparable Intel based system.
 
Since the platform was specially produced for high performance, the company has also included their feature power management system called Cool ‘n’ Quiet 3.0. Its multi-core design produces low processor temperatures and quiet fans, even when playing (or working) with HD content.

TFOT has previously written about AMD’s 12-Core Processor, which is targeted for release in the first half of 2010. You can also check out our recent article aboutCES 2009, its showcased future technology trends,with a number of upcoming technological developments, and the interesting HPmemristor on a chip that allows high performance with the development success of the memristor.

 
Additional information on the Dragon platform technology can be found on AMD’s website.