Barring any last minute delays, AMD is expected to finally launch its Bulldozer processor line tomorrow, as was reportedly confirmed by U.S. retailer Micro Center just over a week ago. That's good news for AMD fans. Even better news is the fact that these chips should come with plenty of overclocking headroom, provided you're prepared to push the pedal to the metal.
We're not sure if AMD is trying to crank the hype machine or stalling for time, but either way, company product marketing manager Adam Kozak outlines in a blog post how to "Get Your Rig Ready for the AMD FX Processor." It's intended for do-it-yourself builders anxious to make the jump to AMD's next generation microarchitecture, and it starts with choosing the right motherboard.
Bulldozer's staggered release is starting to make sense. AMD began revenue shipments of its first Bulldozer chips earlier in the month, but those were server-based "Interlagos" parts and not the desktop "Zambezi" variant that's seen a number of delays. Chalk it up to problems on the assembly line related to the 32nm manufacturing process.
Any other 33-year-old who noticed a sudden growth spurt would run to a doctor, but it seems that Intel’s x86 architecture will never stop growing. New extensions appeared this year in Sandy Bridge processors, more are coming in next year’s Ivy Bridge, and still more will come in 2013 with a processor code-named Haswell. Is the x86 growing stronger or fatter? Stronger!
AMD said it has broken the world record for overclocking using one of its soon to be released "Bulldozer" CPUs.
Team AMD FX set the Guinness record "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor" on August 31, 2011 by overclocking the upcoming AMD FX to 8.429GHz. The previous record was 8.308GHz. The speed run was made using liquid helium, which is even colder than liquid nitrogen.
Hit the jump for the full story, and pictures of the intensely cool overclocking process.
AMD just bulldozed its way into the Guinness Book of World Records by overclocking an 8-core FX-8150 Bulldozer processor to 8.429GHz, which officially qualifies as the "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor." Team AMD FX, a group made up of overclocking gurus and top AMD technologists, are responsible for the record overclock that bested the previous record of 8.308GHz.
The hype and anticipation continues to build for AMD's upcoming Bulldozer launch, and all with nary a peep from AMD. It isn't that AMD isn't talking about Bulldozer -- it is, and AMD just recently announced revenue shipments of its first Bulldozer processors (for servers) -- it's just that AMD has yet to reveal any specifics, like a release date, clockspeeds, and pricing information, leaving the Internet to do its thing.
Picture us on the other end of your monitor waving a hand in front of your face as we say, "These are not the Bulldozer chips you're looking for." And we mean it. What you're waiting for is codenamed Zambezi, AMD's upcoming FX-series desktop processors rumored to ship in October. Nevertheless, AMD just announced it's begun revenue shipments of its first Bulldozer processors, only these are codenamed Interlagos. Know the difference?
More reports are starting to surface indicating that AMD is pushing back the launch of its FX-series processors built around the company's highly anticipated Bulldozer microarchitecture. It appears AMD is now targeting an October launch, a time frame that's been floating around the Web for about a week now, but we've now learned AMD is gearing up for a broader Bulldozer launch than originally planned.
Stock CPU coolers have their place, like in Aunt Mabel's machine or the spare parts bin. If you're planning to overclock the snot out of your system, a third party cooler should be high on your shopping list, lest you taunt the god of instability with high temps. There's another solution -- you could purchase a processor that's pre-packaged with a high-end cooler, only AMD and Intel haven't been real keen on going quite so far to encourage overclocking. That might change with Bulldozer.