Review: Vigor's Quadfather Uses AMD Quad FX CPUs

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
Processors AMD Athlon 64 X2 FX-74 Dual Processors at 3.0 GHz
2000 MHz FSB, 1 MB X 2 Cache
Motherboard Asus L1N64-SLI WS : AMI 0205 (01/18/07)
Nvidia 680a SLI chipset
Memory 4x Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5 PC2-8500
4x1024 MB, CAS 5-5-5-15
System Hard Drives 2x WDC WD1500ADFD RAID 0
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Storage Hard Drive 1x WDC WD5000YS-01MPB1
500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA 3 Gb/s
CPU Cooling System 2x Vigor Monsoon II TEC cooling system
Floppy Drive 3.5" Floppy with 8-in-1 media card reader
Optical Drive Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A DVD+/-RW
Case Thermaltake Armor VA8004BWS
Expansion Slots 2x PCI-E x16, 2x PCI-E x8, 1x PCI, 1x PCI-E x1
Top Panel Ports 2x USB 2.0, 1x IEEE-1394 FireWire, Headphone/Mic
Rear Panel Ports 4x USB 2.0, 1x External SATA, 1x IEEE-1394 FireWire
2x PS/2, 1x Parallel, 2x Gigabit Network
2x Digital Audio (Coaxial, Optical), 6x Analog Audio
Graphics Cards 2x Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
630 MHz GPU, 768 MB RAM (1800 MHz)
Network Dual Nvidia nForce onboard Gigabit Ethernet NIC
8-Channel Audio ADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Power Supply Enermax Galaxy 1000W

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