Wednesday, October 12th 2011

AMD Unlocked FX Processors Announced

AMD today unleashed the AMD FX family of CPUs, delivering a fully unlocked and customizable experience for desktop PC users. The AMD FX series of desktop CPUs includes the first-ever eight-core desktop processor, enabling extreme multi-display gaming, mega-tasking and HD content creation for PC and digital enthusiasts – all for less than $245 (suggested U.S. retail price). This marks the first retail availability of processors that use AMD’s new multi-core architecture (codenamed “Bulldozer”), which is included in AMD’s upcoming server CPU (codenamed “Interlagos”) and the next-generation of AMD Accelerated Processing Units.

“AMD FX CPUs are back with a vengeance, as validated by the recent feat of setting a Guinness World Records title for ‘Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor,’” said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Group at AMD. “While overclockers will certainly enjoy the frequencies the AMD FX processors can achieve, PC enthusiasts and HD media aficionados will appreciate the remarkable experience that AMD FX processors can provide as part of a balanced, affordable desktop system.”
All AMD FX CPUs offer completely unlocked processor clock multipliers for easier overclocking, paving the way for PC enthusiasts to enjoy higher CPU speeds and related performance gains. Additionally, these processors use AMD Turbo Core Technology to dynamically optimize performance across CPU cores enabling maximum performance for intense workloads.


Starting today, the below AMD FX CPUs will be available from global retailers. Additional AMD FX CPUs and systems based on the AMD FX processors will be available for purchase following the initial launch.
  • FX-8150: Eight cores, 3.6 GHz CPU base (3.9 GHz Turbo Core, 4.2 GHz Max Turbo), $245 suggested retail price (U.S.)
  • FX-8120: Eight cores, 3.1 GHz CPU base (3.4 GHz Turbo Core, 4.0 GHz Max Turbo), $205 suggested retail price (U.S.)
  • FX-6100: Six cores, 3.3 GHz CPU base (3.6 GHz Turbo Core, 3.9 GHz Max Turbo), $165 suggested retail price (U.S.)
  • FX-4100: Four cores, 3.6 GHz CPU base (3.7 GHz Turbo Core, 3.8 GHz Max Turbo), $115 suggested retail price (U.S.)
Without spending a small fortune, users can combine an AMD FX CPU with an AMD 9-series chipset motherboard and AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards to create the AMD “Scorpius” platform for an astounding gaming and HD entertainment experience. As part of the “Scorpius” platform, AMD FX CPUs also support AMD CrossFireX technology, which allows the combination of multiple graphics cards in a PC for stunning visual experiences, and AMD Eyefinity technology support for super resolution on up to six monitors.1 With AMD CatalystControl Center / AMD VISION Engine Control Center, users can get regular updates to help improve system performance and stability, and to add new software enhancements.
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190 Comments on AMD Unlocked FX Processors Announced

#1
NdMk2o1o
bear jesus said:
$270 over at tiger direct.ca but "ships within 7 to 21 days" :laugh:
Seems like an AMD rep has already left the 1st review on there also
Buckle up, this one will leave you out of your shoes. If you haven't tried the new 8-Core yet, then you're light years away from the mother ship. This little baby is so fast, I think it knows what I'm doing before I do. It's insane speed like you've always dreamed of.
:roll:
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#2
johnnyfiive
Over the passed 2-3 years, every AMD release feels like they forgot about desktop performance and focused solely on server performance. All of these quad-eight core releases seem fantastic for servers but mediocre for desktops. Am I the only one seeing this?

Note to consumer: If you want a solid gaming rig, Intel is your answer. If you want to run VM's out the whazzo, or anything else that requires more cores, go AMD.
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
cadaveca said:
Sure, BTA, at checkout, that's what I pay. Then, shipping up here is crazy expensive, and all stuff from newegg ships from stateside, and when it crosses the border, i get charged taxes. I do not pay these taxes, in the end, but I must pay them when packages arrive and then submit to the gov to get my money back.

It will also take about three weeks to get here, becuase they only offer select shipping companies, who have set policies that prevent that situation from being as you think. I wish it WAS how you say, but alas, it's not.
That's informative. I thought Newegg.ca, like the Chinese Newegg, was a franchisee, complete with its own warehouses and suppliers in local territory.
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#4
[H]@RD5TUFF
NdMk2o1o said:
Seems like an AMD rep has already left the 1st review on there also

:roll:
A premptive strike against the chips poor performance ?
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#5
bear jesus
NdMk2o1o said:
Seems like an AMD rep has already left the 1st review on there also

:roll:
I just read that on there, either AMD rep, AMD fan boy, troll or someone from tiger direct in the hopes that they can trick someone in to buying one :laugh:
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#6
cadaveca
My name is Dave
btarunr said:
That's informative. I thought Newegg.ca, like the Chinese Newegg, was a franchisee, complete with its own warehouses and suppliers in local territory.
I WISH!!!


Newegg has some fantastic sales from time to time, but I am not able to take advantage of any of them, personally. I buy everything local, and my local store is about 8000sq. ft, with plenty of stock of almost everything you need(except for watercooling stuff).

The guys there are pretty cool too...not all of them, but they got some good staff, so I really like going there. My other local option that holds good stock I used to work at, and they are fantastic as well, but alas...

...neither has chips to sell me.

ANd...I have a 990FX board review to do. With my 1100T. :laugh:
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#7
johnnyfiive
I feel bad for people who waited for Bulldozer. I almost built up a Bulldozer rig, but i didn't want to wait and possibly be let down. I'm sorry to say it, but I'm really glad I went with Intel again. Man... :(:(:(:( I'm upset at these results.
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#8
[H]@RD5TUFF
johnnyfiive said:
I feel bad for people who waited for Bulldozer. I almost built up a Bulldozer rig, but i didn't want to wait and possibly be let down. I'm sorry to say it, but I'm really glad I went with Intel again. Man... :(:(:(:( I'm upset at these results.
I'm disappointed as well as I was hoping it would cause intel to drop their prices.:shadedshu
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#9
Crap Daddy
Speaking of reviews on newegg here's a heavy one from Bobby on i5-2500K:

Bobby
7/14/2011 2:44:07 PM
Tech Level:
Ownership:
Verified Owner
Does not properly fit
Pros: None, does not work at all

Cons: Does not fit at all

Other Thoughts: I got tired of my slow pentium 4 so I bought this to replace it. Well this piece will not fit in the slot at all. What a piece of garbage.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Tu...
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#10
EarthDog
Thats why newegg reviews are absolutely useless. What an idiot.
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#11
[H]@RD5TUFF
Crap Daddy said:
Speaking of reviews on newegg here's a heavy one from Bobby on i5-2500K:

Bobby
7/14/2011 2:44:07 PM
Tech Level:
Ownership:
Verified Owner
Does not properly fit
Pros: None, does not work at all

Cons: Does not fit at all

Other Thoughts: I got tired of my slow pentium 4 so I bought this to replace it. Well this piece will not fit in the slot at all. What a piece of garbage.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Tu...
Brilliant!
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#12
YautjaLord
Made a discovery: why the legendary FX-8150 isn't working in these reviews like advertised? In Guru3D, HardwareCanucks (if i'm correct) & others when looking @ overclocking section in all those reviews notice single thing that f***s it all up major time: the sample used & in case of some other site the FX-8150 is listed as either FX-8130P or as 8120P plus ES version used throughout all reviews i currently revisited; could be the version of CPU-Z used, or simply it is the case that ES sample used; what do you think?

I'll keep looking for everything ES-related in CPU-Z OC'ing sections of all reviews, but as far as i'm concerned even now the articles suffer from this; if i'll find some site that uses & OCs the rev. B2 8150 i'll let you know. They still use the f***in B1/ES version; B2 might not change the performance that much, but atleast it won't be that f***ed up either.
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#13
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Don't get your hopes up, YautjaLord.:laugh:
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#14
bucketface
I'm going to put the stratospheric power consumption down to some bad leakage because of GF's problems with the 32nm process and the massive 16MB cache. BD isn't so much of a fail as a massive mehh...
Hopefully over the next few months they iron out some of the kinks, lower the leakage and get the clocks up. If the ref clock is more or less 4Ghz and the power consumption has gone down to a more reasonable level I might even consider it for a build, until then not a chance.
Definitely going to have to go with the 2500k for a mates build, i only regret having asked him to wait so long for BD.
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#15
Steevo
I waited for these, and my board won't support it, neither will my RAM so I guess when I change it will be for a Intel setup again.


To late, to slow, to expensive.


I do find the Windows 8 facts interesting, but AMD should have known this nad developed a driver for Windows 7 to handle the interface, and possibly even add some OpenCL to switch some of the load off the CPu onto the GPU with those extra unused cores.

THAT would have been a huge homerun for them, surely two or four cores could handle it, or handle thread reassignment?
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#16
PopcornMachine
Win 7 is not optimized for Bulldozer?

Lamest excuse I ever heard.

I had great hopes for Bulldozer, but that statement screams bad design, bad management, bad planning, bad everything.

Build a chip that runs well on the OS everyone is using. Give me a break.
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#17
15th Warlock
PopcornMachine said:
Win 7 is not optimized for Bulldozer?

Lamest excuse I ever heard.

I had great hopes for Bulldozer, but that statement screams bad design, bad management, bad planning, bad everything.

Build a chip that runs well on the OS everyone is using. Give me a break.
As I mentioned before, it's like AMD hired John Carmack to do some damage control by handling their PR :laugh:
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#18
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
get me the freaking TPU review of the bulldozer. i wont believe anyhting else.
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#19
cadaveca
My name is Dave
de.das.dude said:
get me the freaking TPU review of the bulldozer. i wont believe anyhting else.
:laugh:There isn't going to be one.:laugh: AMD's Marketing Team is as fail as I have said they are, and they wanted to show you that I am right. You guys didn't listen, so no review for you. That is all.


;)
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#20
techtard
Let's start a riot! Let's burn this motherfucker down!

AMD has no marketing budget. They spent all their $$$ on R&D.
Or meth.
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#21
cadaveca
My name is Dave
techtard said:
Let's start a riot! Let's burn this motherfucker down!

AMD has no marketing budget. They spent all their $$$ on R&D.
Or meth.
No, they took the chip TPU should have got for the Guinness event, that they also failed on, by announcing it early.

Results say R&D is NOT where the money was spent.


I mean really...just one more chip...but they couldn't. :laugh:


Now, don't take me too seriously, unless you want to:laugh:, but you can go ask chew* how many chips he's got.
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#22
techtard
Just e-stalk JF-AMD. Ask him gently if he can pull some strings and get one of less misanthropic PC enthusiast communities a review sample.
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#23
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
techtard said:
Just e-stalk JF-AMD. Ask him gently if he can pull some strings and get one of less misanthropic PC enthusiast communities a review sample.
I doubt that will happen to someone randomly but you never know :cool:
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#24
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
techtard said:
Just e-stalk JF-AMD. Ask him gently if he can pull some strings and get one of less misanthropic PC enthusiast communities a review sample.
He's on the server side, so I'm not sure about that. :P
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#25
cadaveca
My name is Dave
techtard said:
Just e-stalk JF-AMD. Ask him gently if he can pull some strings and get one of less misanthropic PC enthusiast communities a review sample.
Did it..got the resposne he's in server, not desktop.

brandonwh64 said:
I doubt that will happen to someone randomly but you never know :cool:
I am NOT random, dammit!:laugh:

I just noticed the thread title says "Announced", but not "Released".

:nutkick:
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