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Advanced Micro Devices has finalized shipments schedules of its future microprocessors, according to industrial sources. The world's second largest designer of x86 microprocessors will begin commercial shipments of its high-end FX-series chips based on Bulldozer micro-architecture in the second half of June and will initiate supplies of A-series code-named Llano accelerated processing units (APUs) in early July.

Shipments of AMD FX-series high-end desktop microprocessors will commence on the week of June 20th, 2011; Supplies of A-series APUs will begin on the week of July 4th, 2011, according to industrial sources. As expected, AMD's Bulldozer central processing units for desktops will become available earlier than Llano APUs. As a result, AMD will be able to create a "halo" effect for its microprocessor lineup with a high-end offering that is projected to outperform existing Phenom II chips by 50%.

Based on a document seen by X-bit labs, AMD plans to release four eight-core AMD FX8000-series chips, two six-core AMD FX6000-series microprocessors and two quad-core AMD FX4000-series central processing units (CPUs) this year; four chips are to be launched in Q2 2011, another four processors will be introduced in Q4 2011.  The amount of quad-core and dual-core A-series APUs to be released this calendar year will be eleven, if the plans do not change.

One of the intrigues that remain is the formal launch date of the new CPUs and APUs by AMD. Some expect the company to introduce its desktops chips with Bulldozer micro-architecture at the E3 trade-show.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.


Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Llano, Zambezi, Orochi


Comments currently: 27
Discussion started: 03/07/11 06:53:44 PM
Latest comment: 10/22/16 08:19:01 AM
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AMD is playing its cards close to the vest, as the E3 trade-show will take place June 7-9, 2011.

We want leaks!
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 03/07/11 06:53:44 PM]

Roll on June!
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 03/08/11 01:32:15 AM]

This is dizzy stuff folks!
0 0 [Posted by: dizzystuff  | Date: 03/08/11 02:10:25 AM]

What we all want to know is how much we'll have to pay for 8 cores.
0 0 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 03/08/11 03:05:41 AM]

Maybe I'm alone with this question, but who needs 8 cores? (other then people using professional software for work) Even 4 is more then enough, taken into account the architecture as well. So I'm rather curious about the price of the FX4000 series.
0 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 03/08/11 12:01:13 PM]
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I figure the FX4000 series should sell for less than Sandy Bridge, as it comes without integrated GPU and should be a bit slower than SB (because of the shared resources in each BD module).

How does $150 for the top FX 4000 sound?
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 03/08/11 05:58:15 PM]
rofl what a nub this guy must be. Must totally suck at all games
0 0 [Posted by: killaforrilla  | Date: 05/22/11 01:45:09 PM]
rofl what a total nub must suck at all games and when he plays games probably lags the whole match up like a total nub
0 0 [Posted by: killaforrilla  | Date: 05/22/11 01:45:52 PM]

Based on the fact that each Bulldozer module has two cores with some shared resources, here is my fearless clock-for-clock performance prediction:

--- 4 core BD will not be as fast as Sandy Brige 4 core without hyperthreading

--- 6 core BD will beat SB 4 core with HT

--- 8 core BD will be the new performance king until Intel comes out with something faster.
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 03/08/11 12:51:44 PM]
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I'm hoping you're not a gambler, or you'll be homeless and without underwear.

First, you apparently don't know what the BD is. The core count isn't a true core. It's one module with two back ends, but only one front-end. So, it's not the same as what we think of as a core today; it's less.

Also, AMD didn't make the processor to match Intel in instructions per clock. It's going to be lower, but they should be able to clock it quite high. It's a higher clock speed architecture than the Barcelona. Whether they can compete with Intel's superior manufacturing is another question though. Shedding manufacturing capability left AMD a second class citizen, eating the scraps and excrement Intel leaves to them. So, even their higher clock speed design might not reach Intel's levels because they don't have the synergy of having manufacturing in house and specific to their designs.

AMD has been defeated, and has runted off and accepted submission. They aren't going to compete in the high end, and can't. Bobcat and the midrange market, is where they'll fight the battle, and they've got a good design, and their use of bulk manufacturing works well, and allows price points.

Forget the high end. Intel was won, AMD went butt-up in submission when they sold their manufacturing. Their battleground is back to the traditional one, and it's no less important.
1 0 [Posted by: TA152H  | Date: 03/08/11 08:10:45 PM]
Thanks for your reply TA152H (please tell me why you chose that nick, as I know what a TA-152-H is...)

I know that each BD module doesn't have 2 fully independent cores, but has shared resources. That's the point of my fearless prediction: the module approach is a compromise, but will give better results than hyperthreading.

My prediction is on a clock-for-clock basis. I acknowledge that BD will be less efficient clock-for-clock than SB: That's my rationale for saying that a 6 core (3 module) BD should be faster than a 4 core SB.

The BD architecture is supposed to have more frequency potential, but to realize it, the foundry must be up to the task, which we probably won't see at launch. As with previous AMD CPUs, frequencies should creep up with process refinements.

And yes, while Global Foundry refines 32nm, Intel will have already moved to 22nm and, unavoidably, 8 cores.

So I think that while AMD might enjoy a period of temporary supremacy at the top end towards H2 2011, it won't last long.

What matters is that AMD's lineup will have been modernized, and so much the better if they remain under price pressure from Intel.

A nice little 2 module (4 core) BD should be enough for the vast majority of home users. I can see one in my next build, (scheduled for spring 2012), preferably with an unlocked multiplier, depending on what Ivy Bridge will bring to the table.

0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 03/09/11 06:47:31 AM]
LOL. You sound like an Intel cheerleader with a stinky fetish.
1 1 [Posted by: bereft  | Date: 03/09/11 03:31:46 PM]
Well, after re-reading myself, I tend to agree with you! I might have tried too hard to look objective...

But I have an AMD CPU in my system ;-)
1 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 03/09/11 07:11:45 PM]

Finally we get markings for a cpu that matches the core count for each series. Intel should take note of this.

FX(8)000 = 8 cores

FX(6)000 = 6 cores

FX(4)000 = 4 cores
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 03/08/11 05:33:32 PM]

I will probably opt for an 8 core cpu. My PhII x6-1090 is faster than my PhII x4-965 and runs cooler with the stock hsf than the x4-965 does with CM Hyper 212+.
0 0 [Posted by: bbo320  | Date: 03/09/11 07:13:58 AM]
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what temps do they run at ? my cm hyper 212+ keeps my 955 down around 45 celcius
0 0 [Posted by: ultimaone  | Date: 05/02/11 10:11:26 PM]

FX!! :D
0 0 [Posted by: mw200380051  | Date: 03/12/11 08:19:15 PM]

Intel will destroy AMD with their 22nm IB. End of.
1 0 [Posted by: Suck_IT  | Date: 08/15/11 06:56:24 AM]

This is great news. I love to try this new device.
0 0 [Posted by: hosodulu  | Date: 10/19/16 06:34:17 AM]

Thanks for offering these dates confirmations.
0 0 [Posted by: yumasumu  | Date: 10/22/16 08:19:01 AM]


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