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AMD roadmap tells us about the company had finished evolution of Socket AM3+ platform and FX processors. Vishera CPUs based on Piledriver microarchitecture is the last CPUs for this platform. We have tested the last additions in this lineup: eight-core FX-9370 and FX-9590 with monstrous TDP.
Today we will talk about the functionality of the mainboard and try to find out why not very fast AMD Trinity processors consume so much power after all. Which of the system components have the most serious effect on the performance and power consumption? Computing cores, Graphics or memory – what must be overclocked and why should be left alone in the nominal mode?
The launch of Socket AM3+ processors with Piledriver microarchitecture inspired many AMD fans. However, until recently we only based our opinion on the results obtained from the top model in the new AMD FX family. Today we are going to make up for this omission and carry out a detailed performance analysis of all Vishera processors with eight, six and four cores.
Piledriver microarchitecture, a refreshed Bulldozer, has finally reached the flagship AMD FX processors. Will it make the Socket AM3+ platform more appealing than LGA 1155? Quite possible, because the new AMD microarchitecture wasn’t the only trick they had up their sleeve.
Trinity demonstrated some very inspiring performance in graphics tests last week. However, AMD’s traditional weakness is its x86 cores. Let’s see if the company engineers managed to resolve this problem in the new Piledriver microarchitecture that found its way into promising hybrid processors.
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AMD Piledriver is the codename for the second-generation Bulldozer microarchitecture, which will be used in AMD processors coming out in 2012. The developers position their Piledriver as Enhanced Bulldozer and claim that it will boast notably improved performance and better energy-efficiency, but these processors will continue to be manufactured with 32 nm process.
Among the key peculiarities of the upcoming Piledriver, they list about 10% improvement of relative performance per core compared with the Bulldozer, increase in the maximum number of computational cores up to 10 per semiconductor die, Turbo Core 3.0 technology support and implementation of the new FMA3 and Converged MBI instruction sets. The memory controller will support faster memory than the current DDR3-1866 SDRAM.
In 2012 Piledriver microarchitecture should find its way into all major market segments. Therefore, we should see the following processor designs:
- Vishera (part of the Volan platform) – high-performance desktop products. Vishera processors will have up to 8 cores. They will remain compatible with Socket AM3+ infrastructure. The performance is expected to improve by about 20% compared with that of Zambezi processors. Planned for introduction: H2 2012.
- Trinity (part of the Virgo platform for desktops, or Comal platform for notebooks) – mainstream products for desktops and notebooks, the next-generation APU that will come to replace Llano. Trinity processors will have dual- or quad-core design without an L3 cache and will feature an integrated Radeon 7000 series graphics core. Planned for introduction: Mid-2012.
- Delhi - server CPUs targeted for the 1P Web Hosting/Web Serving and Microserver markets. Expected to be available with 4 or 8 cores. Planned for introduction: H2 2012.
- Seoul - server processors from Opteron 4200 series for C32 socket and 1P and 2P systems. They are expected to have 6/8 cores, a duale-channel DDR3 SDRAM controller, and PCI Express 3.0 support. Planned for introduction: H2 2012.
- Abu Dhabi – server processors for 2P and 4P systems from Opteron 6200 series for G34 socket. These CPUs will potentially have up to 16 cores, quad-channel memory controller and PCI Express 3.0 support. Planned for introduction: H2 2012.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Monday, December 30, 2013
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Monday, December 9, 2013
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
- AMD Cans Plans to Introduce Next-Gen FX Microprocessors Next Year. Second-Gen AMD FX “Vishera” Chips to Continue Be AMD’s Highest-End Offering in 2014
Friday, October 18, 2013
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Friday, September 20, 2013
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
- Retailer Slashes Pricing of AMD FX-9000 Microprocessors to Boost Sales. AMD’s 220W FX-9590 Now Priced In-Line with Intel Core i7-4770K
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
- AMD Bundles Discrete Graphics Chips with Embedded Microprocessors. AMD Expands Embedded Computing Offerings
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
- Gigabyte to Add Support of AMD FX-9000 “Extreme” Processors to Mainstream Mainboards - Report. Gigabyte to Support AMD FX-9000 Chips with Mainstream Mainboards
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
- Asustek Unveils World’s First Mainboards for AMD “Kaveri” FM2+ Chips. Asus Releases Industry’s First FM2+ Motherboards for AMD “Kaveri” APUs
Thursday, July 18, 2013
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
- First Systems Based on AMD FX 9000-Series Processors Now Available. Over Ten Enthusiast PC Builders Unleash Systems Based on AMD FX-9000 Microprocessors
Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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