October 19, 2011
AMD releases Bulldozer 8 Core CPU
Last week AMD officially released its new lineup of desktop CPU’s, Bulldozer. Bulldozer is the first 8 core CPU built for the consumer market and desktop computers. There are three models for sale as of right now (at newegg.com), the FX-8150, FX-8120, and the FX-6100. There will be more models available in the 8 core, 6 core and 4 core variation. These CPU’s run in the AM3+ socket which is available on boards with AMD’s 900 series chipsets. Bulldozer is built on a new architecture and 32nm die, the die shrink allows for larger head room for overclocking and thermal management, Bulldozer also sports some new instruction sets,some incorporated by Intel and some newly created by AMD, such as SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, CLMUL, and AVX, FMA4, XOP. Below are some specs.
FX-8150 / FX-8120 / FX-6100:
- Cores:Eight-Core / Eight-Core / Six-Core
- Frequency:3.6GHz / 3.1GHz / 3.3GHz
- L2 Cache:8MB / 8MB / 6MB
- L3 Cache:8MB / 8MB/ 8MB
- Manufacturing Tech:32 nm / 32 nm / 32 nm
- TDP:125W / 125w / 95w
- The top 8 core CPU, the FX-8150 is very competitively priced at $280 USD, This has caused a bit of a price drop for last generation Phenom II’s but not much to talk about yet with the 1100t at $190 and the 1090t at $170, but either way you look at it, its a very affordable upgrade option for those running older hardware. Bear in mind though that for the new FX CPU’s you will also need an AM3+ motherboard which will cost anywhere from $55-$250.