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AMD "dragon" i dont understand

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May 11, 2009 11:31:30 AM

OK for the first time since i realised it existed WIKIPIDIA has let me down.

i need some help trying to understand what this new "Dragon" platform is exactly
* Is it a nickname for new chipset, if yes does anyone know where i can get more info on the architecture of the chipset
* Is it simply a nickname for the new socket AM3

I am very confused can someone help me ?????

or if you cant be bothered with a real explanation just direct me to a site that will give me some info on the many chipsets that AMD inploys
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May 11, 2009 11:43:03 AM

Dragon is a market package, like Centerino.

All the parts to make Dragon can be bought separately.

Not really much to it except marketing properganda.
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May 11, 2009 1:23:30 PM

Dragon is the name given to a design standard and package of AMD/ATI hardware and utilities at the high-end for gaming. I'll probably get it wrong but here goes:

1) AMD 790FX chipset with 2 PCIe gen2 x16 slots running x16x16 for 2-way Crossfire (3-way Crossfire at x8x8x8 ?);

2) A Phenom II microprocessor (don't think it matters if it's AM2+ or AM3);

3) 2 (or 3?) ATI video cards; and

4) AMD Overdrive and Game Fusion utilities.


The only anticipated 'improvements' (AFAIK) to the platform is a new South Bridge 800 in Q3-09 and rumors of a higher-clocked (at stock) Phenom II microprocessor with an *FX* label (think expensive).


Maybe if you used a pair of HD4830s on a 790gx with a PhII 720BE you could call it a *Lizard* ??
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May 11, 2009 2:07:32 PM

Technically to sell a box as a Dragon platform all you need is a video card with a 4800 class chip. I'm shooting for "neutered Dragon" as I'm shopping for a 4770.
May 11, 2009 4:02:18 PM

Yea lets go HD4770 xD, it beats the spider platfrom so maybe a Drader Platform?
May 11, 2009 6:27:46 PM

or the 'hardcore gamer power saver' platform
May 11, 2009 7:13:42 PM

Spider = Phenom CPU + 3800 Series GPU + 7 Series Chipset

Dragon = Phenom II CPU + 4800 Series GPU + 7 Series Chipset

Anything different than that and you can't call it a Spider or Dragon (officially).
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May 11, 2009 10:00:13 PM

It's just marketing...
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May 11, 2009 10:54:03 PM

Wisecracker said:
Dragon is the name given to a design standard and package of AMD/ATI hardware and utilities at the high-end for gaming. I'll probably get it wrong but here goes:

1) AMD 790FX chipset with 2 PCIe gen2 x16 slots running x16x16 for 2-way Crossfire (3-way Crossfire at x8x8x8 ?);

2) A Phenom II microprocessor (don't think it matters if it's AM2+ or AM3);

3) 2 (or 3?) ATI video cards; and

4) AMD Overdrive and Game Fusion utilities.


The only anticipated 'improvements' (AFAIK) to the platform is a new South Bridge 800 in Q3-09 and rumors of a higher-clocked (at stock) Phenom II microprocessor with an *FX* label (think expensive).


Maybe if you used a pair of HD4830s on a 790gx with a PhII 720BE you could call it a *Lizard* ??


Maybe Sobe.... Or Geico platform....

It could save you 15% or more in only 15 minutes....

That would be a interesting marketing ploy.
May 11, 2009 11:00:26 PM

Lol! as soon as I read the title, I thought I was being called for a specific explanation to something.
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