AMD still hasn't said when exactly it plans to launch its highly anticipated FX-series Bulldozer processors, though a promotional cartoon advertising the company's Scorpius platform and FX chips suggests it could happen on September 19th. That seems as likely as any other day in September, given what motherboard makers have to say on the matter.
AMD still hasn't officially announced a release date for its 8-core FX-series Bulldozer processors, nor has the chip maker offered up any pricing information, or at least not purposely. In what might have been an oversight on AMD's part (or perhaps the Santa Clara company isn't real concerned about keeping it a secret), the chip maker all but confirmed the price of its flagship FX-8150 processor will be $300. How do we know?
It's been a long time since the CPU speed war was all about faster frequencies, a strategy that died when Intel retired Netburst in favor of its Core architecture. That same war is now fought by and large with cramming more cores into a single slice of silicon, and come 2012, AMD plans to launch a 10-core processor for enthusiast grade desktops. Are we ready for double-digit core counts?
Among the madness and mayhem at this year's Comic-Con conference (check out our 43 Photos from Day 1, 20 Photos from Day Two, and Video Tour), chip maker AMD may have inadvertently revealed the long-awaited release date for its upcoming Bulldozer processor launch. Or perhaps it was intentionally unintentional. Either way, you can spy what appears to be a release date in a promotional cartoon advertising the company's Scorpius platform and FX-Series CPUs.
A Turkish website known for posting pre-release information is reporting that AMD's Bulldozer launch is being pushed back by a few weeks. The reason, according to Donanimhaber.com, is AMD is having trouble churning out chips capable of reaching the clockspeeds required by revisions B0 and B1, though whether they're referring to the base clockspeed or Turbo Core is unclear.
Ever since Intel laid to rest it's Netburst architecture, AMD has only been able to look back and reminisce about a time when the Sunnyvale chip maker held the performance crown the way a washed up athlete remembers his days as an all-star on the high school football team. We're not saying AMD is washed up by any means, it just hasn't been able to dominate the benchmarks chart. The company's upcoming Bulldozer could change all that, especially if leaked benchmarks turn out to be legit.
An overclocker from the Czech Republic somehow managed to get his mitts on an engineering sample of AMD's FX-8130P "Zambezi" processor built around the chip maker's Bulldozer architecture and did what any responsible enthusiast would do. He slapped the 8-core ES chip into his rig, pushed the pedal to the metal, and overclocked it as far it would go on air, which turned out to be 4635.6MHz.
Is that a Bulldozer processor in your desktop or is your computer just happy to see you? With the latest build of CPU-Z released today (v1.58), you can find out. Updates to this popular freeware update have typically been few and far between, and this is only the second time it's been tweaked since late October 2010. In addition to recognizing FX Bulldozer chips, the latest release also detects AMD's Llano APUs and adds preliminary support for Intel's Sandy Bridge-EP processors.
AMD is delighted with initial sales of the first wave of its APUs. Now that it’s through with the launch of entry-level Ontario and Zacate APUs, everyone is looking forward to its 32nm Llano chips for mainstream PCs, which are scheduled to make their commercial debut later this month. The chip maker, however, is already looking beyond Llano. It unveiled Llano’s successor during its Computex press conference yesterday. Hit the jump for more.
Don't you hate it when leaked pictures of future products pop up on the web, but they turn out all blurry like a kid with a $10 Kodak snapped the photos? Yeah, we do too, but luckily that isn't what we have here. Mysteriously manifesting out of the deepest corners of cyberspace are several closeups of MSI's upcoming Bulldozer board, the 990FX-GD6A.