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Wednesday, 09 March 2011 10:47

Bulldozer is four to eight cores

Written by Fuad Abazovic


AMD confirms summer launch
AMD representatives were nice enough to reveal a few tidbits about the upcoming Bulldozer core.

The launch time is still not fixed but we expect it around Computex (first days of June) time. This will happen if AMD fixes the chipset issues that it is reportedly facing.

AMD also told us that it has at least three different version of the Bulldozer CPU. The company’s VP said that there will be a quad-core, six-core and eventually an eight-core version. The launch timeframe is mid-summer, but AMD didn’t want to go any more precise than that.

Bulldozer derivates will get to server market that can accommodate quad-core, six- and and eight-core CPUs.  The wafers are real, the chips are real and soon Bulldozer will give Intel a reason to rethink its Core i7 pricing.
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+42 #1 leftiszi 2011-03-09 12:05
I am very eager to see that +50% gaming performance claim over the i7 950 come to life, or not.

Moreover, I would like to see some AVX being implemented in games, before I decide to go Sandy or Bulldozer. They once again decided to go their separate ways and implement it differently!

I wonder if the time comes, that this Bulldozer will demolish that Bridge! :D
 
 
+38 #2 muziqaz 2011-03-09 12:19
So there is nothing else to write about? This has been known for a while. In few months just copy and paste this as a new article, should do it.
leftiszi, AMD never claimed 50% better performance. Try to see the difference between rumours/faked slides and official news/announcements from AMD.
 
 
+14 #3 pogsnet 2011-03-09 12:52
@leftiszi
AMD did not claim any performance numbers over competitor except for the announcement that bulldozer can be at par with Core i7 or sligthly faster head to head but not Sandy Bridge maybe on later versions but that would be 2012.
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On other news... Toms says launch would be June 20, 2011
 
 
+38 #4 Bignon 2011-03-09 14:39
"and soon Bulldozer will give Intel a reason to rethink its Core i7 pricing." Hope you are right! I'm not a fanboy of either platform but I always enjoy a good CPU fight. :P
 
 
+5 #5 Super XP 2011-03-09 15:58
What is it with companies, go figure, AMD picks the very last month in the Q2 2011 to release Bulldozer, many were hoping for a late April or very early May launch. Anyway, it’s finally going to become reality.

Let's just clarify something because there’s a lot of miss-information being spread all over the net.
This version of Bulldozer coming out in June 2011 is meant to compete directly w/ Intel's SandyBride. The Phenom II’s were already meant to compete with Intel’s previous design, the Core i7's etc..

By AMD concentrating on trying to compete with Intel’s previous generation of CPU’s it would be suicide. Phenom II already took care of that with price/performance, and so now it’s time to move on.
 
 
+5 #6 leftiszi 2011-03-09 18:51
Quoting muziqaz:
So there is nothing else to write about? This has been known for a while. In few months just copy and paste this as a new article, should do it.
leftiszi, AMD never claimed 50% better performance. Try to see the difference between rumours/faked slides and official news/announcements from AMD.


I was referring to this.
http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-bulldozer-50-faster-than-core-i7-950-and-phenom-ii-x6-1100t/10819.html

I don't know if it's a bogus rumor. That's why I said "or not" at the end of the sentence.

For competition's sake, I hope it's true!;)
 
 
-8 #7 terrace215 2011-03-09 19:08
SuperXP:

No. There's a lot of misinformation in your post:

- Current SandyB socket 1155 parts ARE branded Core i7 / i5 / i3,also.

- AMD positioned Llano against these parts, but it's late, Intel will be at 22nm soon after llano launches.

- The "summer" Bulldozer parts compete with the not-yet-launched SB-E Socket-R (2011) parts: 4,6,8-core parts, each core with 2 HT threads.

- BD is a server-optimized arch, and will fare (relatively) poorly on most client apps.
 
 
+4 #8 Nerdmaster 2011-03-09 21:22
Quoting muziqaz:
So there is nothing else to write about? This has been known for a while. In few months just copy and paste this as a new article, should do it.
leftiszi, AMD never claimed 50% better performance. Try to see the difference between rumours/faked slides and official news/announcements from AMD.


They didnt but a ~40% increase is very likely. :-)
 
 
+8 #9 Cartman 2011-03-10 09:10
Another article where you dint read any real news.

Bulldozer is four to eight cores ... no shit Einstein
 
 
0 #10 Super XP 2011-03-10 16:11
terrace215

I am not talking about Sandybridge of today, I am talking about tomorrows SandyBridge. Bulldozer is coming late June 2011. What ever Intel has released or scheduled for release will be in direct competition to what ever AMD plans on releasing in that time frame. Unless AMD plans on winning w/ price/performance. Though it would seem AMD is very eager to get into a posision so they can sell as much as possible and that is by coming out with something that is faster than it's competition.

I've heard that the new Bulldozer CPU's should be approx: 150% faster than current Phenom II X4/X6 CPU's in gaming and multi-threaded apps, and even better in single threaded apps. If this is true, then where does it leave Core i7 (SandyBridge)...
 

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