Throughout the years, AMD's strategy against Intel has been to undercut the Santa Clara chip maker in price, though that's not necessarily by design. Clock for clock, AMD's processors don't usually pack the same performance punch as Intel's silicon, and that's especially true with the launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture. In response to Ivy Bridge, AMD decided another round of price cuts was in order.
In a bid to create more of a one-stop-shopping experience for Bulldozer-loving overclocking fanatics, AMD recently announced plans to roll out a FX-8150 bundled with a liquid cooler a little while back. There were just a few problems: at $370 to $400, the kit was really expensive, and it still hasn't actually become available yet. Despite that, a new, similar kit pairing a liquid cooler with a FX-8120 proc has popped up online.
Reviewers – including us – got their grubby little hands on AMD’s long-awaited “Bulldozer” 8-core FX -8150 chip a week ago, and while there is plenty to like with the processor, a lot of folks were expecting, well, a bit more. Benchmark tests showed performance similar to Intel’s Core i5-2500k pretty much across the board. But wait! AMD expects more efficient multi-core CPUs to work more efficiently with Windows 8 than they do with Windows 7. But will the news OS make that much of a difference?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.