Don't you feel that everything is red today ? AMD make some noise these days,
during the past two mounts Intel dominate the CPUs market with the new arch Sandy Bridge CPUs featuring a new technology aimed to push the performance of the 32nm process to the limits.
AMD respond with the release of the AMD FX Bulldozer based CPU using 32nm process technology, AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer line with total eight physical cores inside, using a new architecture promising a dramatical performance improvement per every watt in addition to a dynamic frequency technology "AMD turbo core technology v2.0" on heavy load process, supporting of the SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, CLMUL, AVX and the new XOP, FMA4 instructions, the AMD FX processor fully unlocked and ready for overclocking when needed, the price tag is set to 245$, AMD make it worth a close number to the Sandy Bridge chip.
AMD roadmap for its next generation which use Bulldozer based cores architecture, during next four years AMD will release a new successor series :
|CPU Base clock (GHz)||3.6||3.1||2.8||3.3||4.2||3.8||3.6|
|CPU Turbo clock (GHz)||3.9||3.4||3.1||3.6||/||3.9||3.7|
|CPU Max turbo clock (GHz)||4.2||4.0||3.7||3.9||4.3||4.0||3.8|
|Max. DDR3 (MHz)||1866||1866||1866||1866||1866||1866||1866|
|NB clock (GHz)||2.2||2.2||2.2||2.2||2.2||2.2||2.2|
As the new product hit the markets, reviews are online comparing the new AMD's generation with the available CPUs, tests compare the AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer with the direct competitor from Intel, the core i5 2500k and the i7 2600K.
A close look at the AMD Bulldozer arch:
Using 2MB of cache for each core, the AMD FX-8150 Bulldoser feature a new CPU max turbo core mode in addition to the CPU turbo core mode, squeezing more Mhz from the chip when using heavy load applications and save power when in Idle.
|AMD Turbo core modes in Bulldoser|
AMD FX-8150 Bulldoser Vs Intel Core i5/i7 sandy bridge in term of specifications:
AMD FX Bulldoser suggested Prices :
Selected Benchmark tests results
Lets take a closer look how the Bulldozer architecture perform on gaming and desktop processing compared with the Intel core i5/i7 Sandy Bridge:
Turbo core technology CPU performance results :
Gaming Benchmark results Vs core i5-2500k :
Dirt 3 Benchmark resul Vs intel i5 2500k/i7 2600K and the Phenome II: (by kitguru)
PCMark Vantage Benchmark result : (by benchmarkreviews )
3DMark 2011 benchmark result: (by overclockers)
Overclocking results: (by techreport )
Power consumption result : (by neoseeker)
AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer is a great price/performance combination with an noticeable performance/watt increase compared to the previous generation in addition to a new max turbo technology making it more dynamic and power saver, after some overclocking tests the AMD FX-8150 can reach 5.0Ghz when overclocked using a solid water cooling system and can hit more high numbers when using LN2 solution.