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.


  1. thsoundman - October 21, 2011 10:06 pm

    I think a few proper chipset updates should help these problems. Granted the intial release isn’t great but it doesn’t mean it won’t get better with proper updates. Having said that AMD should have put some more effor tforth in regards to this chip. This chip got a ton of hype and is obviously not meeting it.

  2. Billy - October 21, 2011 9:46 pm

    Amd is screwed here. hope they do well with southern islands.

  3. PimpmasterF - October 20, 2011 9:44 pm

    it is alot of raw power yes, but the way the market is right now there is little room for error, to release something unpolished can deal a huge blow to the company. really the only thing AMD has going for them is the fact that their most expensive CPU is cheaper than Intel’s cheapest CPU in the same class

  4. IronJade - October 20, 2011 9:28 pm

    I talked to company who sells custom gaming PC’s and had this out for a while now. They said it was O….K…. That it was obviously in need of refinement to be finalized, but 8 cores is a lot of proc power. I think that my dual core AMD is just fine…. and I had a single core prior to this. My next upgrade will be a Hex core though with RAID 0 (Striped) SSD’s 😀

  5. PimpmasterF - October 20, 2011 9:13 pm

    Ive heard this else where and Im a bit surprised and disappointed. really the only thing that im excited about as far as AMD next gen stuff are the 990fx motherboard that support native SLI

  6. RAY16 - October 20, 2011 7:16 pm

    Disappointing performance, unfortunately. Hopefully when they refresh the line they’ll be able to tighten up the performance. But as it is now, if you’re on a 4-core AMD setup you’re better off just getting a Phenom II X6 instead of Bulldozer.


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