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Wednesday, 30 June 2010 11:01

Bulldozer Zambezi edition to use AM3 r2

Written by Fuad Abazovic
amd

Four to eight cores from AMD in 2011
This is something we've already written about, as the first time we reported about this new socket was back in November 2009 here. This time around, however, we've got a confirmation that this is the way to go.

The new CPU uses a modified socket AM3 r2, and its still not clear if this socket is completely compatible with the existing AM3 socket. Something must have changed as AMD 990 chipset is also in the works, despite some early reports that AMD 890GX /GX chipsets will support the new Bulldozer core.

Let me remind you that Bulldozer is a highly anticipated 32nm quad or eight core (six should also be possible), 8MB L3 cache, DDR3 1866 support and the first CPU to come with this core is codenamed Zambezi.

The Zambezi CPU fits in Scorpius platform and it is all planned for some point in 2011, but we don't know which one as of yet.

Last modified on Wednesday, 30 June 2010 11:15
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0 #1 yourma2000 2010-06-30 13:13
it must be a modification in order to use the GPU and to provide a wider data path for all 8 cores and the GPU, AMD will probably bring a new addition to the 800 series in order to support the discrete GPU, current 800 series board could support bulldozer, but without its graphical capabilities, although I do think it is a bit much to bring out a new chipset to support just bulldozer and fusion
 
 
+17 #2 yourma2000 2010-06-30 13:18
To be fair though, native DDR3 1866 support is really nice, most chips only do 1333 max
 
 
+2 #3 redisnidma 2010-06-30 16:07
I am one of the few who think that Bulldozer should make a new debut with a new socket instead of the plain old socket AM3, which is compatible with AM2+ and compatible with AM2. 8 cores on dual channel is a no-no.
 
 
+7 #4 terrace215 2010-06-30 17:56
@yourma, there is no Bulldozer-based fusion part planned for 2011. Llano and Ontario are the fusion parts, BD is just a CPU, no integrated GPU. In 2012 or beyond, then LLano successors will get a BD core.
 
 
+4 #5 Runadumb 2010-06-30 19:23
AMD need to get the socket specs out on this ASAP. If they can make a revised socket that also works with AM3 chips then im in. I would get something to tie me over a year then upgrade to a new bulldozer chip. Intel are pissing me off with these new sockets next year and im really looking to build a new PC within the next 5 months so don't want something thats EOL on arrival. Come on AMD
 
 
0 #6 yourma2000 2010-06-30 19:42
Quoting terrace215:
@yourma, there is no Bulldozer-based fusion part planned for 2011. Llano and Ontario are the fusion parts, BD is just a CPU, no integrated GPU. In 2012 or beyond, then LLano successors will get a BD core.


I read somewhere that bulldozer would also include a discrete GPU like fusion, must be false info then
 
 
+11 #7 behrouz 2010-06-30 21:17
Hi Bulldozer Please Kick ass Nehalem.Go Ahead!!!! :D
 
 
+3 #8 Bl0bb3r 2010-06-30 22:07
Fusion is the way AMD wants to go, but for now Bulldozer will be a CPU only and I would want it to be to make less than 100W TDP envelop AMD proclaims. Also, I wouldn't worry about socket incompatibility since mainboard manufacturers have a way of screwing with that by not updating BIOSes.
 
 
-2 #9 anno 2010-07-01 13:01
Quoting redisnidma:
8 cores on dual channel is a no-no.


I hear that dual channel is far from being satiated yet, if there's a good memory controller. If that's correct, more channels would only make things more costly.
 
 
+4 #10 pogsnet 2010-07-01 15:14
Bulldozer is for enthusiast level from its release so its obvious there will be no fusion part until mainstream is available or lower end version, a year later maybe. Since it is AM3 it should be compatible with current AM3 boards with ofcourse some bottleneck. Take note AMD has never released same socket incompatibiliti es in old hardwares ever since unlike Intel.
 

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