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New FX Processors, FX-8120 Price Drop

AMD has sent word of two new FX processors and a price drop on the FX-8120.  The quad core FX-4170 and the hexa core FX-6200.  Both have TDPs of 125 watts.  Full specs for them are below.  Availablility will differ based on global market.  Also price dops are effective on the FX-8120 today.   AMD's official pricing page shows the FX-8120 now at $185 down from $199.  There is no pricing showing yet for the 6200 or 417.

 

 

 

     Model

CPU Base

CPU Turbo Core

TDP

Cores

L2

Cache

L3 Cache

Max

DDR3

PKG

FX-6200

3.8 GHz

4.1 GHz

125 W

6

6 MB

8 MB

1866

AM3+

FX-4170

4.2 GHz

4.3 GHz

125 W

4

4 MB


Bulldozer Review With Windows 7 Patches

Techpowerup has reviewed AMD's Bulldozer with the new Windows 7 patches, but unfortunately they do not seem to speed up improvement much.

Applying the patch to fix a core schedule bug in Windows 7 also didn't improve performance much, and it is doubtful Windows 8 will change things for better. Either way, AMD should have given us a competitive new architecture some time ago, and now that they finally did, they are playing the "architecture of the future" card and wants us to wait for full benefits of Bulldozer's architecture. That's not fair to AMD fans and users. A launched product should offer its end user everything it can, here and now, not in a year from now, when the whole world could end even before that. A future proof architecture should be of concern only to the company and it's management, and while they can be somewhat pleased with Bulldozer, desktop users cannot.

Llano A4-3400 and A8-3800 Available For Preorder

CPU World notes that AMD's upcoming Llano A4-3400 and A8-3800 are now available for preorder here in the US.

AMD A6- and A8-Series processors have 4 CPU cores with 4 MB L2 cache, incorporate Virtualization technology, and provide support for SIMD instructions up to SSE3. Two upcoming products, A6-3670K and A8-3870K, differ by operating frequency, and by the type of on-chip GPU. A6-Series CPU operates at 2.7 GHz, and integrates Radeon HD 6530D GPU with 320 shader units, clocked at 443 MHz. A8-Series 3870K runs at 3 GHz, and its on-chip Radeon HD 6550D graphics unit is clocked at 600 MHz, and has 400 shaders.

Intel: AMD Competitor On Price

Nordic Hardware interviewed Intel's Pat Bliemer and he reveals AMD is a competitor on price at least.

Ever since Intel gave up on the Netburst architecture and instead transition to Conroe - Core 2 the company has been on a hot streak. AMD has tried to fight back with performance/price products, but Llano became the product it was searching for and needed for so long. The circuit has relatively good energy consumption and class leading graphics circuit when compared to other integrated circuits. Llano did not bring any real news in the processor department, but was sufficient to make the manufacturers flock around the new platform. Our question to Pat Bliemer was if it sees AMD gaining in any segment thanks to Llano, and in the lower segment he did see that more products was powered by Llano, but also Brazos, but all is just a matter of price. He doesn't think AMD is very pleased with the situation it is in.

AMD Cuts 800M Transistors From Bulldozer

Extreme Tech details AMD announcing that they had cut 800 million transistors from what was the 2 million transistor Bulldozer.  This was not a design change they said, but a mistaken count they put out before. 

AMD informed us over the weekend that it had erred when it described Bulldozer as an eight “core” / four module CPU with a total of two billion transistors. Bulldozer is apparently a 1.2 billion transistor CPU (the die size remains unchanged, at 315mm sq.)

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