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Thursday, 23 December 2010 14:07

Zambezi Bulldozer comes by April 2011

Written by Fuad Abazovic
amd

Roadmap claim
According to a roadmap leaked by a Swedish forum, the desktop version of Bulldozer comes by April. Engineering samples of Zambezi AM3+ CPU are expected in December 2010 and hopefully this has already happened.

Production candidate 32nm silicon should be ready by February 2011 and the CPU should be production ready by March 2011.

The launch should take place in April, which is the first month of Q2 2011. Many people expected this CPU at a later date, and this up to 8-core processor series might be something to get AMD much needed traction and attention.

The Scorpius platform also comes with AMD 990FX Northbridge that can take care of 2x16 PCIe Crossfire mode and it comes matched with SB950. The new SB950 southbridge supports Raid 5, 14 USB 2.0, 6 SATA ports at 6Gb/s as well as AMD overdrive. Unfortunately there is no native USB 3.0 support.

Scorpius also supports AMD 990X chipset with two 8X PCIe Crossfire capable slots, AMD 880G in AMD3+ version that has one 16X PCIe slot as well as integrated DX10.1 graphics card at 560MHz. The last chipset to support Scorpius needs is AMD 970 and this little one has only one PCIe16X slot, but the vast majority of people don't need more anyway.

The link to the roadmap is here.


Last modified on Friday, 24 December 2010 10:30
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+22 #1 leftiszi 2010-12-23 14:42
I hope there is some decent AVX compatibility between Intel and AMD, so developers will not go just the Intel way....again!

Some performance leaks compared to Sandy Bridge would be nice, so people would know if they should wait or not!
 
 
+10 #2 Naterm 2010-12-23 15:45
AMD needs to launch Bulldozer CPUs in the server market first. The margins are higher and performance matters more. They're currently getting creamed by intel's 5600 and 6500/7500 Xeons, badly.
 
 
-24 #3 Deanjo 2010-12-23 16:20
Quote:
The rebranded SB850 (aka SB950) southbridge supports Raid 5, 14 USB 2.0, 6 SATA ports at 6Gb/s as well as AMD overdrive.


There fixed that for ya.
 
 
+17 #4 arclight 2010-12-23 17:17
My advice to AMD regarding this CPUs is composed out of 3 words, that i often use online:

"Go go go"
 
 
+13 #5 Memristor 2010-12-23 18:16
"...AMD 880G in AMD3+..." shouldn't it say AMD 980G in AM3+? 880G is the old AM3 chipset and what is in AMD3+?
 
 
-17 #6 Deanjo 2010-12-23 20:34
Lol voting down for giving the facts again I see.

SB850 - Raid 5, 14 USB 2.0, 6 SATA ports at 6Gb/s, HD Audio, Gb ethernet

SB950 - Raid 5, 14 USB 2.0, 6 SATA ports at 6Gb/s, HD Audio, Gb ethernet
 
 
+12 #7 JAB Creations 2010-12-24 04:35
Deanjo, the reason people don't agree is the same reason AM3 chips will work in an AM3+ motherboard though AM3+ Bulldozer CPU's won't work on socket AM3 motherboards. Bulldozer CPU's require certain things to be in place that AMD can't support on existing socket AM3 motherboards. Supporting existing socket AM3 CPU's however was something they could do. So while the specs may look the same the chipset has to support additional internal aspects of Bulldozer that were not present in AM3 CPU's.
 
 
+17 #8 Regenweald 2010-12-24 05:13
8 cores, brand new performance architecture. Now the question: What Price?
If these beat Hyperthreaded 2600K's, then we're in for exciting times :lol:
 
 
+4 #9 Bl0bb3r 2010-12-24 09:59
Quoting Memristor:
"...AMD 880G in AMD3+..." shouldn't it say AMD 980G in AM3+? 880G is the old AM3 chipset and what is in AMD3+?


The slides list it as a DX 10.1 part, so that make it still 800 series. Probably it will have a SB from the 900 series since these are the ones that add CPU compatibility.

I guess is has to do with AMD dropping support for IGP chipsets... who knows, anyway AM3+ is a crowd pleaser so that they don't get upset for not having a clean upgrade path... or somewhat clean.

I'd still wait and skip a series or so to get some of the bugs fixed before shelling out cash if value is important.
 
 
+6 #10 terrace215 2010-12-24 10:14
IP = "initial production", not launch
 

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