AMD processor fans unite. Piledriver CPU’s will not only be launching soon, but we finally have some rumored price points for the new parts. According to the ever reliable ShopBLT.com, 4 new SKU’s will hit the market in October, with prices ranging from $131.62 to $253.06. Piledriver, for those who haven’t followed its progress, is the codename for a new “Enhanced-Bulldozer” CPU, and will be manufactured on a 32 nm SOI process.
Piledriver promises better performance by way of an updated microarchitecture, and slightly higher clock speeds. The quad-core FX-4300 will round out the new low end offerings, with the eight-core FX-8530 being touted as the next big thing to hit the CPU market. Clock speeds range from 3.5 GHz to 4 GHz, but can hit upwards of 4.2GHz using the built in turbo functions. The low end also sports a lowly 4 MB of L3 cache with a 95 watt TDP, while the high end has 8MB of L3 with a TDP of 125 watts.
We will give you our full review when parts start to hit store shelves, but until then we can only speculate on the value of AMD’s new architecture.