by Anton Shilov
07/12/2011 | 07:31 PM
UPDATE: Based on comments made by DonanimHaber web-site as well as some other sources, the benchmark results are either simulated or are fake.
The first performance benchmark results of AMD FX-series "Zambezi" microprocessors this week finally emerged on the Internet. The engineering sample of AMD's eight-core chip that was supposed to be the flagship offering - the model 8130P - could demonstrate performance that is comparable to that of Intel's flagship quad-core solution.
DonanimHaber web-site has managed to obtain an engineering sample of AMD FX-8130P (eight cores, 3.20GHz clock-speed, 8MB L2 cache, 8MB L3 cache) and run a number of benchmarks using Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 mainboard, 2GB of DDR3 memory (4GB was installed, only two seen by the system) and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. The chip was an engineering sample and most likely its performance will not reflect performance of AMD's top-of-the-range Bulldozer chip for desktops; still, something about real-world performance of the forthcoming FX-series chips becomes a little more clear.
The obtained benchmark results of AMD FX-8130P are as follows:
AMD 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. The model FX-8130P, which may never see the light of the day as AMD is currently redesigning its Zambezi processors to get higher performance, can fully compete against Intel's Core i7-2600K chip (Sandy Bridge) based on the presented results. Unfortunately, AMD has a quad-core chip which is supposed to significantly outperform the rival from Intel's camp.
Given the fact that AMD is reworking its Zambezi these days and that the chips will only become available in late August or September, it is likely that the eight-core microprocessors by the Sunnyvale, California-based developer will be faster than they are now and the company will try to ensure that they offer better speed than Intel's Core i7-2600K. The big question that remains now is whether the new products by AMD will be comparable to Intel's six-core "Extreme" chips (Gulftown) and whether they will be competitive against Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge-E microprocessors with six or eight cores, quad-channel memory controller and other improvements.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.