Friday, December 31st 2010

AMD FX Making a Comeback, to Challenge Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition

Come 2011, and AMD is looking to give Intel its much awaited fightback at all market segments of consumer processors including the enthusiast-grade models. It will be made possible with AMD's new Bulldozer architecture, which gives the processor a much higher degree of inter-core integration, sharing of common components, higher instructions per clock-cycle, and Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX). AMD's Bulldozer "Zambezi" desktop chips will be reportedly available in two ultra high-end SKUs: the 8-core AMD Vision Black FX, and performance segment AMD Vision Ultimate FX. AMD suspended the use of "FX" identifier with its Phenom and Phenom II series processors, because it couldn't compete in higher-end market segments, and didn't want to dilute the "FX" identifier. It was replaced with "Black Edition" to help identify models with unlocked BClk multipliers. AMD's Vision Black FX processors will be competitive with Intel's highest-end processors, including Extreme Edition models.

Source: DonanimHaber
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155 Comments on AMD FX Making a Comeback, to Challenge Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition

#1
suraswami
Nice! If AMD keeps the price reasonable then happy to buy another toy to play with.
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#2
wahdangun
wow, i can't express my excitement, wow i hope they can bring a can of whoop ass, like they do to nvdia on the GPU front
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#5
Aleksander
I think it was Ati which made amd to look so far, or better saying gpu money made them jump so high. Even though i am an AMD fan, i must say that this looks more like a speculation, because beating intel or even matching them in the enthusiast level from a weaker "enemy" in cpu market seems very difficult because they didn't do that in so much time. I just hope this dream comes true and both amd and us will benefit from this. Also watching Intel's new cpu increasing by 100 mhz seems terrible.
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#7
toyo
I expect another HD6900 vs GTX 580 type of failure. By the time Bulldozer will be on the market, Intel will be riding on Sandy's back.
I hope I'm wrong though.
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#8
Swamp Monster
Very good news for me, but they are saying it will compete with Corei7 Extreme. I hope it will compete with Sandy bridge too. If not, then it will be super cheap and I will be able to afford it.[claps hands] AMD FX Ftw!
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#9
OneCool




I wonder if the saying is copyrighted because thats not how you say it?
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#10
happita
o rly?

Interesting to see that they are bringing back the FX line. I hope that doesn't go along with crazy power consumption. Here's hoping for some decent high-end competition finally.
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#11
KainXS
not raising my hopes but I hope they're decent
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#12
AndreiD
Please AMD, I want to throw my money at you, I wants 8 core FX.


by: toyo
I expect another HD6900 vs GTX 580 failure. By the time Bulldozer will be on the market, Intel will be riding on Sandy's back.
I hope I'm wrong though.
How is the 6900 series a failure? The 6950 can be flashed into a 6970 and the 6970 isn't all that bad. Sure, their price could use an adjustment but since when did a card fail when it had better performance/watt than it's competitor?
"Oh no, I wish AMD would of made a 300Watt heater so it could beat GTX580".
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#13
beautyless
When AMD rises the bar of CPU performance to be same as 6-Cores 32nm Gulftown i7.
Then Intel releases it's new Sandy Bridge.

AMD remain behind Intel again. Let's hope AMD FX not just the same but better than today i7 6-Cores.
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#14
toyo
by: AndreiD

How is the 6900 series a failure?
Nice surprise with the 6950 unlocking. 6970? Taking the hype around the card before it's launch in consideration, it is a fail. The 6900 were meant by AMD to go straight to the top, but somehow they failed to predict that Nvidia can refine Fermi so fast.
Any product meant for the No. 1 position that ends somewhere else, even if it is on the podium, it is a FAIL.
Even it sells good, has nice reviews, is energy efficient, the world will remember the 6970 as the card that tried, and it will be forever associated with that "meh" attitude.
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btarunr
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by: toyo
I expect another HD6900 vs GTX 580 type of failure. By the time Bulldozer will be on the market, Intel will be riding on Sandy's back.
I hope I'm wrong though.
Bulldozer is anti-SandyBridge, not [just] anti-Westmere/Nehalem.
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#16
toyo
I can only hope that it will be better than Sandy. It's time for AMD to retake the crown for a while.
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#17
Imsochobo
by: btarunr
Bulldozer is anti-SandyBridge, not [just] anti-Westmere/Nehalem.
I doubt its like that.
Its a bulldozer, meaning it can bulldozer everything, paves the road.

For those who isnt aware of what bulldozer can do, just wait, in the server space i can tell you, it will bulldoze alot.
It's limitation is increased delay in internal workings, it will give very much power, and it will really rock many benchmarks, but i'm sceptical about singlethread.

I Don't know how it is in a number by number basis, i just know server space its impressive! seen it in action, and i know our current I7 alike servers cant do it.
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#18
Widjaja
When I hear AMD FX CPU I think REALLY expensive CPU for what you're getting.
The FX series has always been expensive in the past so I don't see why it would change.
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#19
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Meh, all this means is that AMD will start selling $1000 processors again...
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#20
Imsochobo
by: newtekie1
Meh, all this means is that AMD will start selling $1000 processors again...
still indication that it can live up to its name, bulldozer.
am liking this turning up to be a knife battle again! and the end of nvidia chipsets.
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#21
Neo4
Wow so much negativity from the fanboys. AMD will be competitive in the new year just as they are competitive right now. Why quibble about a few performance percentage points? The new FX will not be like the old FX series either in price or performance. AMD has learned a great deal over the years when it came close to going out or business and it will not repeat past mistakes (at least for the foreseeable future).

AMD rocks and Intel rocks. The only difference is that Intel defeated itself by trying to destroy AMD and control all market share. Too bad they're not smart enough to see what AMD has done for them with the pressure to excel and how pathetic they would be without AMD nipping at their heels. Count me in big time for an AMD FX CPU! I'm seriously excited at the developments on tap for this year! :rockout:
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#22
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Great news! Competition (and more nice toys to choose from) are always a good thing no matter how you slice it!
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#23
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Hopefully they can actually start doing some damage now with the FX brand and Bulldozer. If the parts are nicely priced then i'll bite.:)
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#24
phanbuey
newtekie is right, $1k procs again. Also means that AMD marketing thinks its time to bring back the ill-fated FX moniker, because the bulldozer performs like an i7 Nehalem Exreme Edition, which is... err the OLD performance model.

i am almost sure that AMD marketing has a giant poster of baghdad bob in their offices. these are the same guys that drumbeat the first phenom line out the door.
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#25
jpierce55
by: Aleksander Dishnica
I think it was Ati which made amd to look so far, or better saying gpu money made them jump so high. Even though i am an AMD fan, i must say that this looks more like a speculation, because beating intel or even matching them in the enthusiast level from a weaker "enemy" in cpu market seems very difficult because they didn't do that in so much time. I just hope this dream comes true and both amd and us will benefit from this. Also watching Intel's new cpu increasing by 100 mhz seems terrible.
Yes, I think it does looks like ATI kept AMD's head above the water. I just hate they killed the ATI name.
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