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Tuesday, 11 January 2011 11:22

Bulldozer to come close to Core i7

Written by Fuad Abazovic


1H 2011
We have some good news for everyone who would like to see AMD make a big comeback in style.

Since the time when Athlon used to be a high-end brand, and by that we mean the good old K8 core, it's been a while since AMD had a high end part capable of competing with Intel on a par.

However, initial test scores that slipped to a hands of industry source are suggesting that Bulldozer should come really close to new Core i7 six-core CPUs. Bulldozer has both six and eight cores in the pipeline and they should be launching before the end of Q2 2011, at least that is the current schedule.

The performance of Bulldozer should come really close to Core i7, but we don't know if this might be enough to take Intel's high end market dominance. Samples of Bulldozer are out for a while now and the full production should start as soon as this quarter.

Sources are suggesting that and yields should be quite good and that the chip is doing just fine in 32nm. One thing is certain, even if Core i7 remains faster, Bulldozer X8 and X6 parts should end up way cheaper. It looks like AMD will finally give Intel a run for its money.
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+12 #1 Naterm 2011-01-11 11:36
New Core i7 six-cores? Um, you mean Gulftown? Those aren't so new. If they're as fast as Westmere, well that's a big improvement but it's not enough.
 
 
+1 #2 leftiszi 2011-01-11 11:37
That's great news! Just great!

Some more specific performance leaks would be nice, in order to make Sandy buyers hit the breaks for a while.

AMD does have a SERIOUS issue for me though. Why the hell aren't they supporting SLI? Is it AMD's fault or Nvidia's?

This is a major blow for the people that are already running SLI and would like to upgrade their cpu with a Bulldozer.

I wonder if the likes of MSI, could add some NF200 chip on Bulldozer mobos and make them SLI compatible.
 
 
+14 #3 inaphasia 2011-01-11 11:42
Fantastic! Looks like the Big 3 have their game on!

Happy 2011:)
 
 
-11 #4 KIKIFQ 2011-01-11 11:45
Quoting leftiszi:
That's great news! Just great! ....
AMD does have a SERIOUS issue for me though. Why the hell aren't they supporting SLI? Is it AMD's fault or Nvidia's?.......


i have the same issue .. I fear with Intel and nvidia doing there deals tho .. sli support isn't something we're going to see any time soon
 
 
+30 #5 arclight 2011-01-11 12:09
That sounds good.

BTW when you say x6 and x8 u mean 3 cores and 4 cores CPUs with double FP?

@KIKIFQ
Can you describe the issues? Sli support comes from the chipset afaik and there are some nforce AM3 socket mobos that support Sli if i'm not mistaking.

If you're wondering why AMD's chipsets support only CF then i think we all know who didn't help them support SLI. Do you guys remember what nvidia did with their drivers to prevent people to use AMD and nvidia video cards on the same system? There are workarounds but we all know who the villain is....nvidia is the one who lost the chipset bussines not AMD (thus far)
 
 
+7 #6 KIKIFQ 2011-01-11 12:18
@arclight oh no I didn't mean any "issues" I was merely referring to the lack of current chipsets that support SLI .. see I would love to have sata 6g and usb3 with a nvidia chipset or something of the like

but you are right there are older chipset that do support sli configs
 
 
+3 #7 spede 2011-01-11 12:22
So this must be bad news for Fuad I guess.
 
 
+43 #8 The_Wolf88 2011-01-11 12:31
Close to i7 performance with at least 50% cheaper it'll be unbeatable deal !!
 
 
+42 #9 Naterm 2011-01-11 12:36
If it's performance comparable with intel, it won't be 50% cheaper. AMD will charge whatever they can get, if they didn't, I'd dump my stock now.
 
 
+27 #10 wishmasterwww 2011-01-11 13:02
Quoting leftiszi:
AMD does have a SERIOUS issue for me though. Why the hell aren't they supporting SLI? Is it AMD's fault or Nvidia's?

This is a major blow for the people that are already running SLI and would like to upgrade their cpu with a Bulldozer.

I wonder if the likes of MSI, could add some NF200 chip on Bulldozer mobos and make them SLI compatible.


MSI already has MSI 870A Fuzion with Lucid Hydra wich allows you to use 2x Nvidia GPUs or mix NV GPUs with ATI GPUs for current line of CPUs (AM3). I dont see why they would not do it with AM3+.
 

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