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Monday, 14 March 2011 10:23

More Bulldozer specs surface

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Looking good
AMD’s upcoming Bulldozer architecture is still a few months away, but more and more information is slowly starting to surface and paint the full picture.

Bulldozer should be able to fight Intel’s Core i7 series and from the looks of it the new core will give Intel a run for its money. According to Xbit Labs, Bulldozer will perform on a par with Core i7 2600 chips and the desktop Zambezi iteration will proudly bear the FX moniker.

The FX-4xxx designation is reserved for quad-cores, while six- and eight-cores will be dubbed FX-6xxx and FX-8xxx series respectively. Bulldozer is AMD’s first entirely new architecture in nearly eight years and it will feature quite a few clever ideas.

Bulldozer features a modular design and each module is comprised of two independent integer cores that will share fetch, decode and L2 functionality. Eight-cores will get 8MB of cache, while six- and quad-cores feature 6MB and 4MB respectively. However, the chip will still feature up to 8MB of shared L3 cache and an all-new memory controller, capable of supporting DDR3 up to 1866MHz.

Bulldozer will pack HyperTransport 3.1 and the new chips will use the AM3+ socket, hence they won’t be compatible with existing motherboards, which is hardly a surprise. AMD is scheduled to roll out 900-series chipsets sometime in Q2. The word on the street is that chipset development has ran into some minor setbacks, but there is a very good chance Bulldozer will be on schedule and we might see actual products at Computex.

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+68 #1 MrScary 2011-03-14 10:48
Die intel die
 
 
+18 #2 leftiszi 2011-03-14 11:09
Quote:
Bulldozer will pack HyperTransport 3.1 and the new chips will use the AM3+ socket, hence they won’t be compatible with existing motherboards, which is hardly a surprise.


Ummm....from Gigabyte's own website
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3786#ov

Notice the "AM3+ CPU ready"? What is that,hmmm?

I have this 100€ mobo in my tertiary PC and it will be more upgradeable than my LGA 1156 rig will ever be.

Also a link of interest is this:

Boxes
http://www.amdforum.se/artikel/utkast-till-logotyper-for-zambezi-fx-8-och-fx-4-1025/

Dunno if they are real.
 
 
-77 #3 Naterm 2011-03-14 12:05
AMD needs eight cores to compete with four of intel's? Hopefully they'll be able to do better than that, maybe they'll even get their share price into double digits.
 
 
+31 #4 Thisguy 2011-03-14 12:13
Quoting Naterm:
AMD needs eight cores to compete with four of intel's? Hopefully they'll be able to do better than that, maybe they'll even get their share price into double digits.


Always a skeptic, eh?
 
 
-50 #5 BernardP 2011-03-14 12:15
Quoting Naterm:
AMD needs eight cores to compete with four of intel's? Hopefully they'll be able to do better than that,


My thoughts exactly.
 
 
+1 #6 MrScary 2011-03-14 12:47
Quoting leftiszi:

Also a link of interest is this:

Boxes
http://www.amdforum.se/artikel/utkast-till-logotyper-for-zambezi-fx-8-och-fx-4-1025/

Dunno if they are real.


I lovethat boxes for my bulldozers, and FX insignia its amazing, it will be more awesome if the wave swirling shape ended in a dragon head shape.

Sure it will make good coffins for shittybridge and its broken chipset. RIP sb.
 
 
+33 #7 loadwick 2011-03-14 13:26
Quoting Naterm:
AMD needs eight cores to compete with four of intel's? Hopefully they'll be able to do better than that, maybe they'll even get their share price into double digits.



I believe what makes this round of AMD chips special is due to the way the chip is designed so that a single or dual threaded program will nativly run on what AMD calls dual or quad cores. This is because they are not true individual cores they just double up on the important stuff inside each core.

This has 2 very positive results, poorly threaded programs will run much faster and die sizes will be kept down and so hopefully price and heat.
 
 
+18 #8 CRoland 2011-03-14 13:33
Quoting Naterm:
AMD needs eight cores to compete with four of intel's?



Intel has six cores at the high end, which is probably where the 8-core is meant to end up. We'll see about performance soon.
 
 
+16 #9 loadwick 2011-03-14 13:34
For me the golden time to buy a new PC will be 1st Quarter 2012.

Supposedly:

A) The second wave of Bulldozers is due about then, maybe more cores as the first '8-cores' are really just enhanced quad-cores.

B) Intel's LGA-2011 should easily be out and prices come down a little.

C) Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge should also be out around this time, second gen QuickSync.

D) Possibly time for GPU refresh with the 2ng Gen 28nm chips coming out after getting over all the transitional teething problems they can max out the new process.
 
 
-16 #10 genetix 2011-03-14 13:52
So, does '8-cores' now mean 8 modules or 4 modules per CPU ?

as if this FX8xxx series is an 4 modules and "8 threads" core it would mean solid performance would still be weaker than 8-cores.

I mean the idea is rather fake like it was on Intel I7-920, if there is not a REAL 8 modules on this FX 8xxx model of 'zambezi'/'bulldozer'.
 

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