AMD launched the “Dragon” platform technology for desktop PCs featuring the new AMD Phenom II X4 processor. The Dragon platform technology combines AMD’s highest-performing CPU, the AMD Phenom II X4 processor, with an ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series graphics and AMD 7-Series chipsets.
The AMD Phenom II X4 processor features intelligent multi-core technology that automatically provides processing power where it’s needed most during multitasking among demanding applications. It offers frequencies up to 3.0 GHz with significant headroom for overclocking.
“With Dragon platform technology, AMD is changing the desktop industry landscape by offering affordable performance and maximum headroom for gaming, video editing, and other media-intensive tasks,” said Leslie Sobon, vice president of product marketing, AMD. “Through our Fusion platform approach, AMD is able to deliver CPUs, GPUs and chipsets that work better together to meet the industry’s evolving needs today and well into the future.”
The ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics and AMD 7-series chipsets enable Dragon platform technology to deliver fast DirectX 10 graphics to improve integrated graphics processor performance.
“AMD is known for bringing fantastic hardware innovations to market in a way that allows consumers to enjoy new experiences and take full advantage of the gaming capabilities that DirectX delivers,” said Walt McGraw, director of Windows Gaming for Microsoft. “The new Dragon platform technology is another great example of AMD driving the kind of platform technology robustness and scalability that today’s PC users demand.”
The new Dragon platform technology enables manufacturers to design and develop PCs that deliver performance while saving power. AMD Phenom II CPUs feature AMD Cool'n'Quiet 3.0 which automatically provides power management improvements with minimal performance impact. Its efficient multi-core design offers low processor temperatures and quiet fans, even when computing in HD.
Dragon platform technology consisting of the new AMD Phenom II X4 processor, ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB graphics card, the AMD 790GX motherboard and 4 GB of DDR2-1066 memory can be purchased for approximately US$900 USD.
Consumers can expect to see systems featuring Dragon platform technology from leading system builders and OEMs in the first quarter of 2009.