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Review: Vigor's Quadfather Uses AMD Quad FX CPUs

Introduction

Several months after AMD released its Quad FX twin dual-core processor solutions, the hype and fanfare are largely absent. The big move that was to put AMD back on top was quickly squashed by Intel’s single-socket quad-core solutions. AMD’s price-lowering response has lead several builders to continue supporting the "4x4" platform as a potentially better-value high-end solution, with the secondary benefit of appeasing the AMD faithful.

The Quadfather mural is a sure-fire conversation starter at LAN parties.

The Vigor Force Recon QX4’s Thermaltake Armor chassis gives the system a similar appearance to that of AMD’s Quad FX reference system, but many internal parts have been updated or otherwise improved to deliver the ultimate gaming and multitasking experience.

Vigor Gaming Force Recon QX4 Hardware Configuration
ProcessorsAMD Athlon 64 X2 FX-74 Dual Processors at 3.0 GHz2000 MHz FSB, 1 MB X 2 Cache
MotherboardAsus L1N64-SLI WS : AMI 0205 (01/18/07)Nvidia 680a SLI chipset
Memory4x Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5 PC2-85004x1024 MB, CAS 5-5-5-15
System Hard Drives2x WDC WD1500ADFD RAID 0150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Storage Hard Drive1x WDC WD5000YS-01MPB1500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA 3 Gb/s
CPU Cooling System2x Vigor Monsoon II TEC cooling system
Floppy Drive3.5" Floppy with 8-in-1 media card reader
Optical DriveOptiarc DVD RW AD-7170A DVD+/-RW
CaseThermaltake Armor VA8004BWS
Expansion Slots2x PCI-E x16, 2x PCI-E x8, 1x PCI, 1x PCI-E x1
Top Panel Ports2x USB 2.0, 1x IEEE-1394 FireWire, Headphone/Mic
Rear Panel Ports4x USB 2.0, 1x External SATA, 1x IEEE-1394 FireWire2x PS/2, 1x Parallel, 2x Gigabit Network2x Digital Audio (Coaxial, Optical), 6x Analog Audio
Graphics Cards2x Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX630 MHz GPU, 768 MB RAM (1800 MHz)
NetworkDual Nvidia nForce onboard Gigabit Ethernet NIC
8-Channel AudioADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Power SupplyEnermax Galaxy 1000W

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