PC Advisor | December
Bulldozer processors to rival Intel’s powerful Core i7-990X Extreme Edition.
desktop PCs with eight-core processors that feature its Bulldozer architecture.
The FX-8150 and FX-8120 are the first Bulldozer processors to hit the market, and offer a speed boost of more than 50 percent compared to previous AMD chips.
Both belong to the re-launched FX chip family, which is aimed at gaming and high-end systems.
The FX-8150 has a base speed of 3.6GHz, which rockets to 4.2GHz in turbo mode. The FX-8120, meanwhile, runs at 3.1GHz as standard and 4GHz under load. Built using the 32-nanometer manufacturing process, AMD said the chips are unlocked and customizable.
“AMD has historically been about total performance and not thought to be competitive in terms of power efficiency.” said Rob Enderle, as analyst with the Enderie Group. “Bulldozer is a redesign from the ground up. It aims to put AMD back in the race for power efficiency, specifically with laptop computers.”
Sandy Bridge architecture.
Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said the power boost and extra cores have a lot to offer high-end computer users. With a retail price of 199 pounds, these eight-core chips can also offer consumers more cores per pound than anything on the market today.
But while AMD’s new processors stand to put the company back in the game, Olds said they aren’t “Sandy Bridge killers”, AMD still has a lot of catching up to do, he noted.