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Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:20

AMD Zambezi chips show up in EU listings

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Flagship FX-8150 for €229

AMD is expected to officially roll out its next generation FX-series chips, but some eager European retailers have already jumped the gun with early listings.

AMD has a lot riding on the new Bulldozer derived architecture, the company’s first major architectural overhaul since the glory days of the K8. The new architecture will also find a way to mid range desktop APUs and mobile chips next year, but for the time being let’s take a look at FX-series pricing.

The quad-core FX-4100 ends up priced at just €115 in Germany, which sounds like pretty good value for a 3.6GHz processor. The TDP is 95W and it features 4x1MB of L2 cache and 8MB of shared L3 cache. Compared to Intel’s Sandy Bridge series, the FX-4100 looks pretty good on paper. It costs €35 less than the cheapest Core i5 2300, clocked at 2.8GHz. Of course, we still don’t know the performance, but the price is pretty attractive for a brand new processor based on a new architecture.

The six-core 3.3GHz FX-6100 is listed at €162 and like its quad-core sibling it has 1MB of L2 cache per core and 8MB of shared cache. At 95W, the TDP isn’t bad, either. Looking at Intel’s price list, the FX-6100 looks like it will be going up against the Core i5 2400, a 3.1GHz quad-core.

Now for some eight-core action. AMD is offering two FX-8xxx series parts, the 3.6GHz FX-8150, which has been the star of quite a few leaked benches, and the 3.1GHz FX 8120. Again, both chips feature 1MB of L2 cache per core, i.e. 8MB, alongside 8MB of shared L3 cache. The TDP stands at 125W, higher than on any Intel Sandy Bridge processor. However, the FX-8150 costs just €229, while the FX-8120 is priced at €189. The latter is cheaper than any Core i7 based on the Sandy Bridge core, while the flagship FX-8150 is still some €30 cheaper than the Core i7 2600, a 3.4GHz quad-core.

All in all it is still too early to call this round and we will just have to wait and see some comprehensive reviews. However, it is quite clear AMD opted for some rather aggressive pricing and we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it manages to beat Intel on the value front. Intel still does have some advantages, such as S-series processors with 65W TDPs, but AMD will probably come up with similar products down the road.

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-3 #1 Super XP 2011-10-11 17:31
Now for official Reviews....

Nothing is official, wait for it's launch and proper reviews.
Interesting how a lot of previews go against AMD's own slides...

http://media.bestofmicro.com/F/B/308999/original/20887_57_amd_fx_8150_to_take_on_core_i7_980x_and_2600k_pushes_them_up_against_a_wall_and_mugs_them_of_their_price_performance_crown_full.jpg
 
 
+1 #2 eugen 2011-10-11 19:28
the prices look fine but performancewise i really doubt 8core bulldozer from internet intell it looks just better than phenomx6 witch is sad..for now i own a phenom 955 and was really looking forward to bulldozer high end desktop to be much better than 980x from intel...but there are 2 to chose from either intel or amd i really miss early `90
 
 
-3 #3 maroon1 2011-10-11 19:55
If you look at AMD history you would realize that their slides are not reliable at all. AMD shows those slides for marketing and advertizement.

Wait for reliable reviews from neutral and independent sources like anandtech, xbitlab etc
 
 
+1 #4 leftiszi 2011-10-11 22:38
Great article Mr Scott! Kudos! :)
 
 
+3 #5 pogsnet 2011-10-11 23:53
Official Reviews will be today or tomorrow.. Can't wait :D
 
 
+1 #6 nt300 2011-10-12 02:23
Quoting Super XP:
Now for official Reviews....

Nothing is official, wait for it's launch and proper reviews.
Interesting how a lot of previews go against AMD's own slides...

http://media.bestofmicro.com/F/B/308999/original/20887_57_amd_fx_8150_to_take_on_core_i7_980x_and_2600k_pushes_them_up_against_a_wall_and_mugs_them_of_their_price_performance_crown_full.jpg

I agree 100%.
 
 
+2 #7 Deanjo 2011-10-12 03:35
For anyone doing virtualization the FX-8xxx series is a no brainer vs intels crippled support.
 
 
0 #8 Marburg_U 2011-10-12 08:12
Quoting Super XP:
Now for official Reviews....

Nothing is official, wait for it's launch and proper reviews.
Interesting how a lot of previews go against AMD's own slides...

http://media.bestofmicro.com/F/B/308999/original/20887_57_amd_fx_8150_to_take_on_core_i7_980x_and_2600k_pushes_them_up_against_a_wall_and_mugs_them_of_their_price_performance_crown_full.jpg


That was not an AMD slide. AMD ones have the FX interchanged with the 2600k.

They have been shown at the closed presentation. And at that moment people got the clear message that BD were going to be THAT BAD.

Now we now it is a bad CPU for real.
 
 
-1 #9 dieterD 2011-10-12 09:41
it is bad :( FX-8150 in many benches it is below 1100T (wich costs -50$). it can dream about i7-2600, and that is why it costs less, but anyway - Phenom II 1100T is much better price/preformance. and all who waited intels Sandy price drop move or reasonable Sandy-E pricing - there wont be any good news for us :( AMD just did screw us!
 
 
+2 #10 youserzero 2011-10-13 03:05
Quoting maroon1:
Wait for reliable reviews from neutral and independent sources like anandtech, xbitlab etc


Or like the ones you completely misunderstood on tomshardware?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-e350m1-amd-brazos-zacate-apu,2840-11.html
 

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