Error
  • JUser::_load: Unable to load user with id: 67

Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:20

AMD Zambezi chips show up in EU listings

Written by

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.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:38
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments