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Can AMD make magic? Check out our in-depth Vishera benchmarks.
On paper, AMD’s Bulldozer microarchitecture always sounded like a mean, green machine. When it landed last year, though, in the form of the Zambezi processor (aka FX-8150), it actually went about as fast as a bulldozer.
AMD didn’t just give up and curl into a ball. The company went back to work polishing the FX chip into the new AMD FX-8350 “Vishera.” The chip might look like a Zambezi, but it features an improved branch predictor, improved scheduler, larger L1 translate lookaside buffer, new FMA3 and F16C instructions, L2 improvements, among many other changes.
Vishera looks the same externally and the good news: it’ll use the same AM3+ socket too.
AMD's newly appointed CTO Mark Papermaster provided the public with its first glimpse of its upcoming Steamroller x86 CPU core. Steamroller represents the third generation of AMD's Bulldozer architecture, succeeding Piledriver (second generation) with improved parallelism, increased performance, and more instruction cache, which will lead to 30 percent fewer cache misses and a 20 percent reduction in mistaken branch predictions.
AMD fans might be looking forward to Piledriver, but the Sunnyvale chip maker isn't quite ready to move on from Bulldozer. On the contrary, AMD today sent out a message announcing two new FX-Series Bulldozer chips -- AMD FX-4170 and FX--6200 -- along with a price cut to its existing FX-8120 processor with eight processing cores clocked at 3.1GHz (4GHz via Turbo Core).
Few things set geeky hearts a-flutter more than the release of new CPUs. Valentine's Day may be a few days gone, but a leaked slide shows that AMD may try to woo system builders with the release of three new Bulldozer processors by the end of the next financial quarter.
AMD’s Bulldozer architecture finally hit retail in October 2011, and Gordon put the highest-performing chip, the FX-8150, through the wringer. His conclusion: It’s a decent competitor to Intel’s i5-2500K, but no match for the (much more expensive) Sandy Bridge-E or 2600K parts. And that’s OK; there are plenty of reasons to want a solid midrange performer. Maybe you really, really want to be able to say you have an eight-core processor. Maybe you’re opposed to Intel for religious reasons. Or maybe you just want real PCIe x16 lanes without having to put out for the pricey X79 platform.
Whatever your reason, an FX-8150 can be a respectable foundation for a solid gaming rig since modern gaming is still more about the GPU than the CPU. In this article, we'll give you a step-by-step walkthrough of our build--if you're wondering how to build a killer gaming PC of your own, read on!
It’s been about 10 years since multicore processors burst on the scene, and we’re now seeing several innovative variations. At first, chip designers simply replicated CPU cores, filling their silicon with copies of the same brain. Now they are exploring alternatives—and these variations will change the way we benchmark performance and compare processors.
The gang's back, and with a couple of weeks worth of news to talk about, busier than ever. Tune into episode number 182 of the No BS Podcast to catch up on news about Sandy Bridge E, Bulldozer, Ultrabooks, and Nathan's shameful Elvish secret.
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As the saying goes, 'If at first you don't succeed, get your stuff together and roll out another hotfix already, it's 2012!' Maybe the saying doesn't go exactly like that, but it should if you're talking about the combination of Microsoft Windows and AMD's Bulldozer line. After pushing out a Bulldozer-boosting hotfix in mid-December, the Redmond software giant pulled it offline a few days later at the request of AMD, which called the patch "incomplete." Now it's back and it has the full blessing of the Santa Clara chip maker.
AMD fans were rooting for the Santa Clara chip maker to yank the performance crown from Intel with team green's desktop Bulldozer-based FX series processors. That didn't happen, and it looks like the next batch of Bulldozer processors will skip the high-end hype and attack the mid-range and entry-level markets where AMD has enjoyed quite a bit of success.