Bulldozer has launched. Yes, officially launched. After all of the delays, rumors, and hoopla, its here. AMD's next-generation Bulldozer architecture launches today and with it, a tonne of reviews go live.
Of course, without bias (sarcasm intended), I think the best one is from our NerdGasm reviewer extraordinaire, Shane Baxtor.
AMD's Bulldozer unfortunately does not topple Intel's enthusiast champion CPU, the 2600K, but it does come close. What Bulldozer introduces is a new direction for AMD as well as a new price point for end users.
Models and pricing of the Bulldozer CPUs vary as all new releases do. AMD have made sure to bulldoze any pre-existing price barriers and instead of having a price premium on their just-released new goodies, they've given us a really great starting point on pricing to combat the never-ending flow of CPUs from Intel. There are four different AMD FX CPUs that launch today, we have the FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6100 and finally, FX-4100. With clock speeds of 3.6, 3.1, 3.3 and 3.6GHz, respectively. The FX-8150 and FX-8120 are eight-core chips, FX-6100 sports six cores and the cheaper FX-4100 has just four-cores.
Price wise they are definitely hitting sweet-spot territory, with Suggested Retail Prices (US) of $245, $205, $165 and $115 for the FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6100 and FX-4100, respectively.
We should see some interesting things come from Bulldozer over the next coming weeks as it reaches the grubby paws of enthusiasts, overclockers, gamers and 'normal' users. First day reviews are great, but I like to see happy customers with real-world use.
Shane has gone to everyones pleasure and written up a lengthy, detailed and loving editorial on Bulldozer. I definitely suggest you check it out, as well as his review. Shane hasn't stopped there, short of including steak knives, he has a VGA performance analysis coming later today. Once he has made this live, I will edit this news piece with a link to it.
As promised, here is the link to Shane's Editorial.
A list of reviews for your reading pleasure:
TweakTown - AMD FX-8150
PC Perspective - AMD FX-8150
KitGuru - AMD FX-8150 w/Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7
Vortez News - AMD FX-8150
Hardware Heaven - AMD FX-8150 vs Intel Core i7 2600K
TechSpot - AMD FX-8150
Hi Tech Legion - AMD FX-8150
Hardware Canucks - AMD FX-8150
Overclockers.com - AMD FX-8150
Neoseeker - AMD FX-8150
HotHardware - AMD FX-8150
Legit Reviews - AMD FX-8150