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After a long, drawn out wait, we're finally getting some rock solid details on AMD's upcoming FX processor range with recent confirmation of the initial run of models and an October launch pretty much set in stone.
A new report has come out that should gather more smiles all around and that is the pricing on these parts. It appears the three FX models coming out at launch will be even more aggressively priced than previous reports have indicated. What we're now hearing is that the eight-core FX-8150 and FX-8120 will carry pricing of just $245 and $205, respectively. As for the six cored FX-6120, that is expected to come in at $175.
The other tid bit of interest we can gather from the latest report is a supposed release date of October 12th - just a few weeks away now folks.
Well, well, Ivy Bridge. Not only are you going to be a shrunken master of silicon joy when compared to your predecessor, but you'll support resolutions in excess of 4K (maxing out at 4096 x 4096). This is a giant leap from the current limitation of Sandy Bridge's GPU which is 2560 x 1600. This would mean discrete GPUs would no longer be needed if you had a super-size-me display capable of 4K resolutions.
That or you're just a graphics junkie like me. Bring on the 4K screens at 120Hz thank you ma'am.
A leaked document from Intel lets us know there is a new top-end unlocked LGA1155 processor coming soon. It is the Core i7-2700K, of which the leaked document indicated its box part product code to be BX80623I72700K and carrying a spec code of SR0DG.
Official details on the chip in terms of clock rate etc. were not disclosed, but it can be easily assumed that given the i5-2000 and i7-2000 series are spaced in steps of 100MHz, the i7-2700K will likely come in at 3.5GHz with 3.9GHz Turbo Boost.
We still await a definitive release date for it, but it's quite possible Intel is planning to hit the market with it when AMD lets loose its first batch of FX processors, displacing the existing COre i7-2600K's price point and making it more competitive with the FX 8150 in particular.
IDF 2011 - Intel is committed to low-power computing and to show their commitment to it, Intel CEO Paul Otellini challenged the Intel Labs to create a demo of just how far Intel can push technology at this current moment in time. Paul added "the ultimate goal is the most power-efficient devices known to man". Intel Labs were able to create a CPU that was capable of running Windows, powered by a tiny solar cell.
An Intel engineer stepped onto the IDF 2011 stage to show off a demo which involved a nodding cat wearing headphones. The engineer said:
What I'm showing here is technology that one day will make its way into future ultrabooks and a whole bunch of other devices...we've been experimenting with low-voltage circuits. What we have here is a microprocessor - it's an experimental prototype - which is capable of operating near to the threshold voltage of the transistors and is still capable of running Windows.
AMD held a tech day for its upcoming Bulldozer architecture and while not much is allowed to be said, Anandtech have come out swinging with the overclocking potential of the Bulldozer chip. Most people wouldn't think it could hit these speeds, but just wait until you see what AMD can do. AMD used different overclocking experiments and had three different stations setup for people to look at.
The first one used a sub-$100 closed-loop water cooling solution from Antec in the form of the Kühler series, on this solution the Bulldozer was able to reach 4.8GHz as seen below:
The next test used phase change cooling. With the phase change cooling system, AMD was able to push the 8-core FX CPU up to a decent 5.894GHz at 1.632V, with a video of this achievement below:
Three microprocessors in AMD's upcoming Bulldozer FX-Series have been outed from the price list of online store, Bottom Line Telecommunications. The pricing breakdown is below:
What we can see here, is the AMD FX-8210 and FX-8150 CPUs are eight-core models with 8MB L2 and 8MB L3 cache. The processors clock in at 3.1 and 3.6GHz, and listed at $222 and $266 respectively. These prices are expected to drop by roughly $10 - $20 once they actually hit retail shelves. This is because AMD official prices in 1000 quantities are usually $10 - $15 lower than prices of production chips in this store, which means we can expect pricing of $185 - $200 for the FX-8120 and $230 - $245 for the FX-8150.
Next up we have the AMD FX-6100 which is a six-core model. It only sports 6MB of L2 cache and clocks in at 3.3GHz with up to 3.9GHz when Turbo Core is active. It also includes 8MB of L3 cache and is listed at $188 with official pricing to fall between $155 - $170.
In a bit of a turn-around of events corrosponding to Intel's much awaited high-end Sandy Bridge-E platform, it's looking like the company is really pushing to get it out as soon as possible. It wasn't all that long ago we were hearing rumours of the company taking it easy and focusing on an early 2012 launch, but the latest word brings much more pleasant news for the many of us enthusiasts eager to get our mits on it.
Slides via the folks at DonanimHaber indicate that we will witness launch on week 46 of 2011, which means right around November 15. Both a range of processors and Intel branded desktop motherboards will accompany that day's launch and should be ready for purchase immediately. We would be anticipating the big name motherboard vendors to have their first wave of LGA2011 offerings readied up at that time too.
AMD have today announced revenue shipments of the world's first 16-core x86 processor, Bulldozer (codenamed "Interlagos"). Production of Interlagos began last month with shipments beginning to go to customers underway. The new Bulldozer chip is compatible with AMD Opteron 6100 Series platforms and infrastructure, Interlagos is expected to make a Q4 2011 appearance.
AMD say that many of the initial shipments are targeted for large custom supercomputer installations that are currently underway. Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD Products Group says:
This is a monumental moment for the industry as this first 'Bulldozer' core represents the beginning of unprecedented performance scaling for x86 CPUs. The flexible new 'Bulldozer' architecture will give Web and datacenter customers the scalability they need to handle emerging cloud and virtualization workloads.
This news certainly won't gel well for many of you at a time when we thought launch was imminent - AMD is once again choosing to delay the launch of its FX-Series desktop processors, now planned for release in October.
AMD's rescheduling for October is supposedly due to AMD wanting to make sure they hit all the right performance price-points with the first wave of models; thus they are said to be introducing seven models straight out the gate comprising four 8-core FX-8000 series chips, one 6-core FX-6000 series chip and two 4-core FX-4000 series chips.
Looking at a chart compiled by the folks at Xbit labs after gathering data from unknown sources, the initial line-up of models will include the FX-8150 (a 3.6GHz part), FX-8120 (3.1GHz - avail. in both 95 and 125W variants) and FX-8100 (2.8GHz) as far as octo-core models go. The six-core model to accompany them is the FX-6100 running at 3.3GHz, while the two quad-core models are the FX-4170 and FX-4100, running at 4.2GHz and 3.6GHz respectively.
Intel has just rolled out no less than 16 new processors this week into both the desktop and mobile spaces, which include new members to the Core, Pentium and Celeron families.
All new models are 32nm; eleven are desktop chips while the other five are for the mobile sector. The top dog in the pack of new desktop offerings is the Core i5-2320 with a clock speed of 3.0GHz, while the exorbitantly priced 2.7 GHz Core i72960XM sits atop the new pile of mobile processors.
Check out the chart below for the full rundown on all the new models :-