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Advanced Micro Devices has officially confirmed approximate retail pricing of its high-end FX-series central processing unit with eight cores code-named Zambezi. As expected, the chips will cost around $300, which is in line with the price of higher-end Intel Corp.'s Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" microprocessors.

AMD is hosting its AMD FX Giveaway competition and plans to give five FX-series microprocessors and a hundred of collectible Ruby dolls to lucky winners. In the terms of the giveaway AMD officially reveals "approximate retail value" of its "AMD FX-series eight-core processors": $300, as noticed by Insideris web-site. Ruby dolls have approximate value of $25.

Although alleged prices on AMD FX-series microprocessors powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture have been published for several times already, none of them were confirmed by AMD. Moreover, since company had to delay the launch of code-named Zambezi microprocessors from June to September, it also redesigned the lineup of chips and therefore reconsidered pricing. Therefore, AMD confirmed that either the FX-8150P or FX-8100 chip will cost approximately $300.

AMD itself believes that its multi-core Zambezi FX CPUs will allow it to compete head-to-head with Intel's high-end Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" processors that can sell for as much as $300 and more per chip. It should be noted that the refreshed AMD FX "Zambezi" lineup will compete against Intel's Sandy Bridge E as well as Ivy Bridge microprocessors due in late Q4 2011 and March-April, 2012, respectively.

The contest only requires participants to submit contacts to AMD as many times as possible. The contest is open only to residents of Canada and the United States. The odds of winning the prize depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are not transferable, and no cash substitutes for prizes are available, except by AMD, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute different prizes of comparable value.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Zambezi


Comments currently: 17
Discussion started: 07/28/11 12:57:28 PM
Latest comment: 08/01/11 08:32:25 PM
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Not really. AMD could have chosen some arbitrary figure and placed it on their competition website to give as little away before launch. Just because they say $300 doesn't mean that's what we'll pay for them.

The $300 price is even less relevant if you include taxes, prices in overseas markets - here in the UK we will no doubt pay more than $300 - and any mark up retailers add.
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 07/28/11 12:57:28 PM]

Also you have to bear in mind a few things:

*Intel 2600k and AMD FX8150 are almost identical in terms of raw gflops throughput.
*The Intel 2600K uses 96w where as the AMD FX8150 uses 125w.
*The Intel 2600K is a quad core and the AMD FX8150 is an octo core and as such the AMD FX8150 has half the single thread performance.
*The Intel 2600K is fabricated gate first and the AMD FX8150 is fabricated gate last and as such the Intel 2600K will very likely overclock further.

What does all this mean?

In short it means that generally the 2600K will be better for gaming where single thread/max quad thread performance is critical where as if you plan on doing tasks like video encoding the AMD FX8150 works out better bang per buck if you exclude the wattage difference. Also with regards to overclocking really we wont know for sure till release day tweaking starts.
1 1 [Posted by: Ace  | Date: 07/28/11 01:45:36 PM]
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But, single threaded performance didn't go down but went up!

AMD is fabricated on the Glo-Fos 32nm-SHP (Super High Performance)

32nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) gate-first high-K metal gate (HKMG) process technology.

and Llano already uses this

i7 2600K 995 Million Transistors
AMD A8-3850 1450~ Million Transistors
AMD Orochi up to 1600~ Million Transistors

i7 SB core size 17~mm^2
Llano core size 9~mm^2
Orochi core size 15~mm^2, Bulldozer Module 30~mm^2
0 0 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 07/28/11 03:53:32 PM]
show the post
2 5 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 07/28/11 06:46:08 PM]
"Bulldozer" is a 7 year generation leap for AMD
SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSE5, AVX
and other various giggles here and there
7 years from Core 2
14 years from K12h
3 2 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 07/28/11 08:41:11 PM]
I just wonder, how moronic are you? 4 years? Intel's first 32nm I7 came 2010, now I don't know about you but according to my calendar this year is 2011, not exactly 4 years difference, but seriously who cares?! if Phenom II was 32nm and I7 45nm, I doubt you would use this argument.

Is there a site where you get these dumb ass claims? Because I've seen people write this before, and it's so damn idiotic, you can't count or something?!
7 3 [Posted by: Medallish  | Date: 07/29/11 12:38:08 AM]
Couldn't agree with you more Medallish. At least AMD doesn't bribe people.
3 5 [Posted by: veli05  | Date: 07/29/11 02:01:54 PM]
Oh yes, the BRIBE... And the rumours... And the medication...
0 1 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 08/01/11 02:12:07 AM]
K12h uses a tweaked architecture from 1999
Bulldozer is the new architecture coming out this year, in this month

Bulldozer is meant to last till 2013
0 0 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 08/01/11 08:32:25 PM]
AMD FX8150 is an octo core and as such the AMD FX8150 has half the single thread performance

Where did you get this information?? There are no legitimate reviews - yet. Firstly, the FX8150 is not an octo-core, but shares resources with the other components in the module. Secondly, the 2600K is not a "pure" quad core either, but a hyperthreaded quad core acting like an octo-core. So unless you turn off hyperthreading you're not comparing apples-to-apples. Thirdly, AMD's modular design as opposed to Intel's "virtual" cores increases stability. Hyperthreading, for example, is not recommended in virtualization due the inconsistency with assigned cores not receiving real cores. Pedal to the metal, the AMD design will consistently produce similar results; the same cannot be said for Intel's hyperthreaded design. Hyperthreading is great for the consumer, not so good for "true" multithreaded applications (like servers for example).
4 1 [Posted by: KittyMonster  | Date: 07/29/11 04:19:50 PM]

I hate it that tit is always usa and canada that can join the contest never Europe
7 1 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 07/28/11 01:51:09 PM]
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Only North America for tax purposes or something like that.
0 1 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 07/28/11 06:43:05 PM]
It's not even all of Canada, People of Quebec aren't allowed to enter either.
1 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 07/29/11 04:08:26 AM]
The price to pay when you do not want to fit in. ;p
0 2 [Posted by: jonup  | Date: 07/29/11 06:07:44 AM]
Cause no one cares about europe.
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 07/31/11 09:15:24 PM]

OK, just goto AMD's website and read the comics here:

Till Bulldozer shown and we'll just see real benchmarks. I'm bored of all this thing
1 1 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 07/30/11 11:51:15 AM]
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WTF, they made a comic? :O
1 1 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 07/30/11 05:11:09 PM]


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