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After several months in the pipeline, AMD has finally released a first series of processors using its new Bulldozer architecture. The first model we've managed to get our hands on is the AMD FX-8150, which also happens to be the first eight-core consumer CPU. Time to find out what AMD has come up with to rival Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors—bring on the Bulldozer! AMD's new architecture brings a host of changes and enhanced features to the firm's FX-series processors. For starters, the FX-8150 has no less than eight cores—a first on the consumer market—with four 'Bulldozer' modules each containing two cores. Each module then shares part of the cache between its two cores. Then, there's support for a whole new set of instructions, including SSE 4.1/4.2, AVX, XSAVE and XOP. This places AMD level with Intel and should help enhance performance in the games and apps that use this kind of instruction. AMD's Turbo Core technology has been updated too. The basic principle is still the same—the clock speed of the two cores varies in relation to workload, so long as the processor remains within the limits of its total power (Thermal Design Power).
For years now, those scoping out a system (or just the parts to build one) have had a simple choice to make when it comes to processors: Do you want the best performance (Intel) or do you want the best value (AMD)? With its new FX series of CPUs, AMD is proposing that maybe you don't have to choose after all. The first desktop member of the family we've seen, the AMD FX-8150, which is due for release later in October, may offer Intel cause for concern down the line, but shouldn't worry the company quite yet. The FX-8150's eight processing cores (the first consumer chip so equipped), performance with multithreaded applications, and $245 list price are solid, the chip's hunger for power and struggles with single-thread workloads keep it from unseating Intel in the midrange space—at least for now. The FX-8150 is based on AMD's \"Bulldozer” core design, the company's first major hardware rethink in years. Each individual dual-core Bulldozer module is designed to optimize resources, with functions with high utilization (such as integer pipelines and Level 1 data caches) dedicated in each core and everything else (fetch, decode, floating point pipelines, and the Level 2 cache) shared, which lets it both use a higher-performance function unit and reduce the overall die area on the CPU itself.
We've waited a long time for AMD to release a brand new processor architecture, but finally the AMD FX-8150 has arrived. This first chip is the vanguard of the somewhat tardy Bulldozer technology and is this top-of-the-line AMD FX chip, code-named Zambezi. This is the full-fat, eight-core AMD super-chip running at a not inconsiderable 3.6GHz straight out the box.The FX moniker isn't a new one for AMD chips. The last time we saw it used for its high-end parts was in the 90nm Athlon 64 FX-74 in late 2006. It's been reborn this year to cover the first in what AMD hopes will be a long line of Bulldozer-based CPUs.The AMD FX CPUs represent the chip maker's first real new architecture since the exciting times of the first Athlon back in 2003. And it is very much a new architecture; AMD has started from scratch with the design of the Bulldozer modules, taking a very different approach to what makes up a CPU core than anyone else.We'll explore the depths of that architectural change later, but the real key is the use of that word 'module'. Each of these modules holds the essential makeup of a standard dual-core processor, sharing certain non-timing sensitive parts.The AMD FX-8150 has four of these Bulldozer modules and AMD claims that makes it the world's first eight-core desktop chip.
It's been a long and arduous past few years for AMD's processor division as they've constantly been one step behind primary competitor Intel. The pain started back in 2006 when Intel launched its Core 2 Duo series, which disposed of the ill equipped Athlon64 X2 range. With no immediate answer, AMD moved the Athlon64 X2 architecture to the 65nm design process, where they ended up with the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ clocked at 3.1GHz. However just as the Athlon64 X2 architecture was meeting the end of the road, AMD unleashed their long-awaited Phenom processors. By that time AMD was doing battle with a hardened Core 2 Quad range. AMD struggled again as the new Phenom X4 processors didn't perform up to expectations. Yet this was the least of AMD's worries. Their latest creation was plagued by a design flaw that became famously known as the TLB Bug. The quick solution was to disable the CPU's L3 cache, a key feature that when disabled reduced performance further. Around the same time AMD was dealing with the Phenom issues, Intel was ready to show their first Core i7 processors with the arrival of the Core i7-920, 940 and Core i7-965 Extreme Edition.
Designing and releasing a new CPU architecture is risky business. You are essentially trying to forecast consumers interest, software and hardware development for the lifetime of that product. No doubts about it it is a gamble. If your forecast, the market analysts, or your developers are wrong your new architecture goes no where. For an easy example, just take a look at the VIA C7 or the Pentium D; neither of these CPU’s took market hold and both fell short of their promised potential. Today we have the launch of another new architecture from AMD, their first major release since the Athlon 64. Now for history buffs let’s flash back to the Athlon 64 release, it not only took the market by storm it also held the performance crown and enthralled enthusiasts for years. That hat trick was not easily accomplished but the Athlon architecture persisted was enhanced and modified for the Phenom series, and has finally been replaced by Bulldozer. Click on the Thumbnail for a Larger Image Bulldozer introduces the first consumer 8 core CPU with good performance and a low price. In fact Intel may find AMD’s pricing to be the most challenging aspect of bulldozer to deal with.
It has been about a year and a half since AMD launched a six core processor dubbed the Phenom II X6 1090T, followed shortly by the 1100T, which was pretty much just a speed jump without a major technology shift. This is something AMD really has done over the past year to hit most of the pricing segments, which seemingly follow the segmentation model in the GPU sector. Intel had a semi-successful launch with its socket 1155 processors and this looks to be the performance target that AMD was aiming for. After all the speculation, hype, and leaks, the FX-8150 launch is what brings us to this point in time. AMD is launching their latest processors with an all-new architecture, code named "Bulldozer" for the desktop and Interlagos/Valencia for server markets. The desktop model is what we are looking at today, and with this launch, heralds the return of the FX moniker to the AMD lineup. In the past, the FX prefix was indicative of the highest performing CPU that AMD offered. Well, here we are again in the same boat, but instead of being limited to a single "Halo" chip, there are a series of FX processors to fill out the product stack – from the four core FX-4100 (3.6GHz; $115) to the eight core king of the hill FX-8150(3.6GHz; $245).
When we sit down to arrange our thoughts and write an introduction for a new product launch, we typically want to put together some interesting and suspenseful prose that sets the stage for an exciting reveal of an as-yet undisclosed, eagerly anticipated product. No such luck this time around, as the product we'll be discussing today has been one of the most talked about in tech circles for years—literally. Today AMD is officially taking the wraps off its latest FX-Series of desktop processors, targeted at performance-minded PC enthusiasts and overclockers. The FX-Series is based on the processor core formerly codenamed Zambezi, which leverages AMD's much anticipated Bulldozer microarchitecture. The flagship processor in the new FX-Series line-up is the FX-8150, an unlocked, 8-Core processor, with gobs of cache and peak Turbo frequencies that exceed the 4GHz mark. But there's a lot more to the FX-Series than speeds and feeds. The Bulldozer microarchitecture is a completely new design, which was built from the ground up in an attempt to shed some weight and produce a modular, highly-efficient CPU.
AMD's new architecture has been in the works for a very long time. Development of the highly-anticipated Bulldozer chip has been delayed in favor of AMD's new pet project, the E-series and A-series lines of Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). In August, we were invited to AMD's FX launch event in Austin, TX, where AMD unveiled their Bulldozer lineup. The desktop line, called Zambezi, will feature seven processors, each at different price points and frequencies. The top three processors, the FX-8100, FX-8120, and FX-8150, all come with a whopping eight cores in modular design. Each module consists of two cores. The 8-core models also have 8MB of L2 and L3 cache. The frequencies for each processor vary, with the FX-8150 starting at 3.6GHz, and going up to 4.2GHz with max turbo enabled. The FX-8120 goes from 3.1GHz to 4GHz, and the FX-8100 goes from 2.8GHz to 3.1GHz. Note that with frequency and voltage adjustments, the chips can go higher. Following that, AMD will also debut the 6-core FX-6100, which runs from 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz. AMD is also releasing three 4-core models: the FX-4170, FX-B4150, FX-4100. Every processor except the FX-4170 has three modes of operation: CPU Base Mode, CPU Turbo Core, and CPU Max Turbo.
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