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Even though Advanced Micro Devices' next-generation FX-series microprocessors code-named Zambezi and powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture are projected to bring the company back onto the market of high-performance desktop microprocessors, the new chips will be relatively affordable. For example, the highest-performing model will cost $320, according to a media report.

As reported previously, the initial family of FX chips will include four models: two eight-core flavours, one six-core version as well as one quad-core chip. The top-of-the-line FX-8130P and FX-8110 will cost $320 and $290, respectively, six-core FX-6110 central processing unit will be priced at $240, whereas quad-core FX-4110 microprocessor will cost $190, according to a news-story by Donanim Haber web-site.

It is rather noteworthy that AMD will sell its highest-performing microprocessor for $190 - $320. Positioning of the chip in AMD’s documents seen by X-bit labs clearly shows that AMD wanted to address the high-end desktop CPU market. In particular, AMD wanted to compete against Intel Core i7-2600-series microprocessors with its eight-core chip. Intel’s quad-core Core i7-2600K costs $317. It remains to be seen how successful will AMD FX-8100-series be against Intel’s six-core code-named Bloomfield Core i7 family chips.

Among the advantages that are mentioned by the AMD documents that X-bit labs has happened to see are “more overclocked cores”, “more cores dual graphics, OpenCL and GPU” compute and others. By the end of the year the firm expects over 10% of its desktop products to be based on the Bulldozer micro-architecture and be in the AM3+ form-factor.

AMD Orochi design is the company's next-generation processor for high-end desktop (Zambezi) and server (Valencia) markets. The chip will feature eight processing engines, but since it is based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, those cores will be packed into four modules. Every module which will have two independent integer cores (that will share fetch, decode and L2 functionality) with dedicated schedulers, one "Flex FP" floating point unit with two 128-bit FMAC pipes with one FP scheduler. The chip will have shared L3 cache, new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and will use HyperTransport 3.1 bus. The Zambezi chips will use new AM3+ form-factor and will require brand new platforms.

The Sunnyvale, California-based chip designer plans to introduce AMD 900-series chipsets compatible with Zambezi processors in Q2 2011. The Bulldozer processors, Radeon HD 6000 "Northern Islands" discrete graphics cards and AMD 900-series core-logic sets will power AMD's next-generation enthusiast-class platform code-named Scorpius.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Zambezi, 32nm

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Uhm... Not quite convinced about going that route... The first thing that comes into mind is that BD is good, but not good enough with pricing alone.

I really hope I'm wrong about what I'm interpreting here, but that pricing chart is a lil' awkward for a "successful" processor line up IMO. Maybe I'm just accustomed to see Intel charging the hell out of everyone out there.

Cheers!
1 2 [Posted by: YukaKun  | Date: 05/20/11 01:46:01 PM]
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I can't wait for the benchmarks.
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only if supply is tight, otherwise others will just undercut them.
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1 4 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 05/25/11 05:31:24 AM]
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The benchmarks on your link don't show anything that would suggest how the Bulldozer architecture will perform. Also, you say that AMD is positioning an 8 core CPU vs. a 4 core CPU. You're misleading people by saying that - AMD is positioning their 8 threaded CPU vs. Intel's 8 threaded CPU. Keep in mind that AMD's "8-core" statement is essentially based on the number of ALUs, there are still only 4 sections of L2 cache, 4 fetchers, and 4 decoders. AMD only calls it 8-cores for marketing purposes to emphasize that their SMT is much better than Intel's hyperthreading. I look forward to seeing real benchmarks, because currently hyperthreading is counterproductive to the types of workloads my servers run (we turn HT OFF at the bios level to avoid the degraded performance).
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0 5 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/21/11 07:47:53 PM]
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How can you draw the conclusion that BD won't be 50-60% faster per clock? It is a completely new architecture. Based on your earlier post about the 8 "core" AMD vs 4 core Intel you haven't the slightest clue what has changed.

When Conroe was first released, intel improved per-clock speeds by well over 80%+ compared to their Pentium D line, and over 50% per-clock of what AMD was offering at the time.

So to say that it can't happen is just foolish. Whether it will or not we won't know until late june/july, but I think you are jumping to conclusions a bit early.
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0 6 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/23/11 09:13:28 AM]
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Quite honestly all I need is an inexpensive Processor which can beat my Q9450 @3.0 by a good margin and great price. Whichever one gives me much better performance and lower energy bill, compared to my current system, for the least amount of money will get my money period. That includes my next Graphic card, currently HD4890. I'm looking forward to benchmarks and actual market prices once they come out. Reading around and comparing is half the fun!
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Will be good if later AMD will develop 4 cores per module, greater than today 2 cores per module.
By that will upset a bit Hyperthreading of Intel in servers.

Is a bit late, but ok. They had to adopt hyperthreading from beginning (6-7 years ago) today they will have been developed in more advanced way the multithreading of Buldozer.
0 2 [Posted by: tbaracu  | Date: 05/21/11 03:29:59 AM]
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Anything from the other camp is great news! I have been with AMD in the past and now Intel the past few generations purely because they offered the best performance,The downside is the lack of competition means us consumers pay top price for intel processors. So all I can say is go AMD,Hope it's successful for you so it pushes down Intel prices as well!
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there are machines with 48cores, so yes 8 cores are supported some some combinations.

as for on the desktop, yet there 2. software today is often made multithreaded, which means it doesnt matter how many cores you have, it will try to use all of them.
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My guess is that the performance will be on pair with an Core i7-2600K, therefore the similar price. Cannot wait for the realese, maybe Intel will finally cut the price of all I7 procs.
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If the numbers match up with intel then AMD have a real winner on there hands.. only 2 weeks until you know for sure! when they come out on the 7th on June at E3
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Donainim Haber got the story from here: http://news.softpedia.com...ealed-Report-201335.shtml
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thank you...
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2 15 [Posted by: DEADTIME  | Date: 05/23/11 04:49:34 PM]
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"Another crap from poorAMDfags. :D"
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2 14 [Posted by: DEADTIME  | Date: 05/24/11 01:22:52 AM]
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You set the bar low and came in beneath your expectations.

Well thank you... poorAMDfag. You had no bar to begin with. Get one next time!
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Its even sadder to see how AMD fanboys react. Technology delayed to match what will be yesterday's processors in a few months is the salvation AMD fanboys are looking for. You can all brag about "if this matches Intel's stuff then we got a winner" all you want, but face the reality: AMD was ONCE the king in single core processors but has been inferior ever since. The best use only the best and not some catch-up series of processors that look good on paper, err, when actually used yields far less than the paper specs and here comes someone saying- "at least its cheaper than the other guy's stuff" (are you seriously making that statement?).

AMD, give me something that will best Intel's next generation and you will receive an entire department's worth of purchases for that. Until then, we're sticking with what we know works, and won't compromise with these new "old market" devices. As for your enterprise class hardware, you're years behind and losing ground there faster than you're making it elsewhere. Where's the competition?
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The FX-8150 is $266 right now.
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