Monday, September 12th 2011

AMD FX Series Processors Up For Pre-Order

At last, AMD's highly-anticipated performance desktop processors, branded under the FX-Series, are up for pre-order, letting buyers book their chips so they could have it up and running on release date. American retailer Bottom-line Telecommunications (BLT) has the FX-8150 and FX-8120 eight-core chips; and FX-6100 six-core chip up for pre-order. Its price for the FX-8150 is US $266.28, the FX-8120 is priced at US $221.73, while the FX-6100 is priced at $188.32. BLT ships over ground for free to the 48 contiguous American states.

The new FX-Series processors are based on AMD's brand new "Bulldozer" micro-architecture, and come in the AM3+ package. The FX-8150 will lead the first wave with its eight cores clocked at 3.60 GHz, 16 MB of total cache (4x 2 MB L2 + 1x 8 MB L3); followed by the FX-8120 at 3.10 GHz, also with 16 MB cache. The FX-6100 six-core processor is clocked at 3.30 GHz, with 14 MB cache (3x 2 MB L2 + 1x 8 MB L3). Market release is expected in October. You can be ready for the new chips by purchasing socket AM3+ motherboards, ideally those based on the AMD 9-series chipset, as they are already available in the market.

Source: CPU World
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77 Comments on AMD FX Series Processors Up For Pre-Order

#1
afw
So ... these will compete with 2500k and 2600k I suppose ???
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#2
TRWOV
going by the pricepoints, yes
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#3
lashton
thjis is interesting Im itching for an upgrade i haven't done one for 3 years so got a bit of cash to throw at a new CPU/Mobo and GPU (SSD also)
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#4
nINJAkECIL
it sure will give current sandy bridge a run for its money.
now....
i'll just wait for the benchmark,especially in x264.
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#5
Over_Lord
News Editor
Thats wayyy down from the original 320$ aimed at the top end 8 core, FX 8150.

What went wrong? Performance?

By pricing point, it seems the FX 8150 will only be able to beat the Core i5 2500k, and just about catch up to the Core i7 2600k.

Oh boy, if this turns out to be true, it would be a SupremE bummer. To think Sandy Bridge E launches just a month later.

*rape rape rape*
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#6
xd_1771
Competition/pricing

I'm pretty sure the reason they price low is to try and actually lure some of the LGA1155 market. It would be done at no loss because the chips are still smaller and cheaper to manufacture for AMD compared to Phenom II x6/Thuban (smaller die size and pay-per-die). If the processors were about equal or slightly better but not a big and worthy difference, chances are satisfied people already on LGA1155 won't bother to make the switch. The lower prices may lure people to convert again for low cost, resulting in more customers for AMD, while still netting AMD a good profit per chip. Good marketing strategy IMO.

Regardless of AMD pricing, Intel would've probably lowered LGA1155 processor price anyway. This is good anticipation as well.
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#7
the54thvoid
Phenom II = 258 mm2 (http://www.anandtech.com/show/2702/2)
BD = 315 mm2

The BD size comes from S/A who don't normally BS with AMD material. Still may be incorrect but cannot find any conflicting info on web. So it's not smaller.
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#8
caleb
by: xd_1771
I'm pretty sure the reason they price low is to try and actually lure some of the LGA1155 market. It would be done at no loss because the chips are still smaller and cheaper to manufacture for AMD compared to Phenom II x6/Thuban (smaller die size and pay-per-die). .
You speak of CPU price as its only its production. I'm pretty sure developing costs affect the end price more than pure production.
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#9
faramir
by: xd_1771
Regardless of AMD pricing, Intel would've probably lowered LGA1155 processor price anyway. This is good anticipation as well.
A win-win for consumers. I'm eagerly awaiting Bulldozer performance per watt figures. I'm not the kind of user that needs absolute fastest CPU out there, I need something that is just "fast enough", 4 cores, low power (= low thermal output) and I'm due for an upgrade in the next 6-12 months so it's either going to be Bulldozer or Ivy Bridge.
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#10
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
maybe amd was delaying all this while to optimize production costs?
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#11
NC37
I wouldn't judge performance based on price that much till we got working samples to test. AMD has to play catch up. They can afford to cut prices. So performance might not even be in the 2500K area. Could be a little better, or not. I'll wait till I see some good benches.
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#12
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Interesting prices, I wonder if the 8120 will clock as well as the 8150, much like the 1055t clocked like it's bigger brothers. If so the 8120 could be a bargain chip.
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#14
lashton
by: the54thvoid
Phenom II = 258 mm2 (http://www.anandtech.com/show/2702/2)
BD = 315 mm2

The BD size comes from S/A who don't normally BS with AMD material. Still may be incorrect but cannot find any conflicting info on web. So it's not smaller.
PII = just CPU
BD = CPU + GPU
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#15
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Provided it can go 5ghz for 24/7 use like sandy's, its a good deal.
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#16
HumanSmoke
by: lashton
PII = just CPU
BD = CPU + GPU
PII = just CPU
BD = just CPU

/fixed
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#17
Over_Lord
News Editor
by: lashton
PII = just CPU
BD = CPU + GPU
buddy u're confusing BD with Llano

THEY ARE DIFFERENT
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#18
sven
BD != CPU + GPU
BD does not have GPU on die.
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#20
Melvis
AMD has always been cheaper, regardless of performance. P4 anyone?

either way im liking the price ;)
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#21
repman244
by: Melvis
AMD has always been cheaper, regardless of performance. P4 anyone?
FX-57 and its $1000 price tag?
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#22
sven
If they will be able to compete with Intel in the same price point, I'll go with AMD.
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#24
Dent1
by: repman244
FX-57 and its $1000 price tag?
The SLOWER Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and its $1,000 price tag :)
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#25
LAN_deRf_HA
AMD doesn't price for competition these days. They slot their products into price points that match their performance in relation to the competition. Whether that's cpus or gpus. This tells a good bit of what to expect from BD.
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