Specs for AMD’s Bulldozer CPUs Revealed

It seems like AMD is experiencing some difficulty with the yields of their chips that can hit clockspeeds of revisions B0 and B1, but we’re not certain whether it’s the base clockspeed or Turbo Core based on sources. Here’s the list of processors that the company is launching:

  • FX-8150: 3.6GHz (4.2GHz Turbo Core), 8-core, 8MB L2 cache, 125W
  • FX-8120: 3.1GHz (4GHz Turbo Core), 8-core, 8MB L2 cache, 125W/95W
  • FX-8100: 2.8GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Core), 8-core, 8MB L2 cache, 95W
  • FX-6120: Clockspeeds TBD, 6-core, 6MB L2 cache, 95W
  • FX-6100: 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo Core), 6-core, 6MB L2 cache, 95W
  • FX-4120: Clockspeeds TBD, 4-core, 6MB L2 cache, 95W
  • FX-4100: 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Core), 4-core, 4MB L2 cache, 95W

All of these CPUs will have an 8MB of L3 cache and take DDR3-1866 memory, and something to note is that they’re based on a 32nm process. We should see them surface around August or September with varying time frames for the parts.


Sample AMD Bulldozer Chip OC’d to 4.63GHz

That’s quite a bit of “jigahertz”. So what we have under the spotlight is an engineering sample of Advanced Micro Devices’s very own FX-8130P (aka Zambezi) CPU, which is based on the Bulldozer architecture. An enthusiast from Czech Republic managed to push the 8-core chip to 4635.6MHz on air. There were blacked out screenshots, but possibly due to being an employee from an affiliated company or even AMD – we only know that the sample processor itself has 8 cores, 8MB of L3 cache, and takes DDR3-1866MHz, and is fabricated from a 32nm process.

Sadly there are no details on stock speeds, stepping, nor revision. What’s astonishing is that the overclocked managed to pull off Super Pi 1M in just 1.26s compared to an Intel i7 2600K that still took over 6 seconds while being clocked at 6.3GHz.

Intel Gives Preview of 32nm Itanium “Poulson” CPU

Although this isn’t exactly something compared to the “decacore” (10-core) processor they’re launching, last week at the ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) – Intel revealed their next-gen Itanium processor dubbed “Poulson”. The new octal-core CPU is one of the most notable updates to the Itanium brand Intel has ever made and this could cause ripples in terms of performance in the high-end server/mainframe spectrum of the market. Not too shabby we’d say, since this line wasn’t well received when it first launched a decade ago and as hardware enthusiasts, we can only hope that these high end parts will eventually trickle down to the consumer level.

ASRock Hopes They’re First to Market with AM3+ Motherboards

Based on the blueprints we’re seeing, ASRock is getting ready to be one of the first manufacturers to launch a motherboard featuring AMD’s next-gen “Zambezi” Fusion Black CPUs. Their board is to be dubbed the ASRock 890FX Deluxe5 and it’ll be based on the AMD 890FX + SB850 chipsets. While it’s to be released by the end of this month, the socket will still be compatible with existing AM3 Phenom II and Athlon II processors and of the course upcoming 8-core AM3+ chips as well.








Specs wise, there’s four DDR3 memory slots, two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots, two legacy PCI slots and one PCIe x4 slot. In addition, there’ll also be four USB 3.0 ports (two on rear I/O and two for front panel), a total of eight SATA 6Gbps ports, two IEEE 1394 ports, 7.1 HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek), THX TruStudio PRO and Premium Blu-ray audio support. That was quite the mouthful, and on top of that there’s the UEFI BIOS interface that will take drives larger than 2TB along with ASRock’s Turbo UCC feature that allows overclocking while maintaining low power consumption by just pressing a button.

No price was mentioned for the 890FX Deluxe5 at the time of writing this article.