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AMD Upgrades Hardware

AMD Bulldozer Information and Benchmarks Leaked 126

Posted by timothy
from the just-a-pinch-of-salt-between-cheek-and-gum dept.
MojoKid writes "With Bobcat and Llano launched, AMD has one more major product overhaul set for this year. The company's Bulldozer CPU will launch in the next few months, and after years of waiting, enthusiasts and IT industry analysts are both curious to see what AMD has in its high performance pipeline. According to recently leaked info, one of the new AMD octal-core processors will be an AMD FX-8130P running at 3.2GHz base speed, with what's reported as a 3.7GHz Turbo speed, and a 4.2GHz clock speed if only half the CPU's cores are in use." Writer Joel Hruska justly points out that measures based on unofficial data and unreleased chips are subject to all kinds of potential errors, not to mention Photoshop.
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AMD Bulldozer Information and Benchmarks Leaked

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  • Re:Why the hype? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mad Merlin (837387) on Friday July 15, 2011 @01:54AM (#36772432) Homepage

    Would you rather AMD go out of business and Intel charge $2000 for that $200 CPU?

  • Re:Why the hype? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by c.r.o.c.o (123083) on Friday July 15, 2011 @02:12AM (#36772486)

    I don't really understand the hype behind Bulldozer.

    Do people really believe that it'll be on-par with Sandy Bridge? The $200 2500k competes well with their own $700+ CPU's. That is absolutely ridiculous performance that I wouldn't have dreamed of 5-10 years ago, for that price.

    Sure, maybe having more cores will mean better multi-threaded performance, but this still isn't taken advantage of. I don't see Intel losing in the single-threaded department anytime soon.

    You are still thinking raw CPU power still matters. In a world where even web browsers are 3D accelerated, the GPU suddenly becomes extremely important, even more than the CPU. If you are gaming, the best CPU will still be crippled by the GPU present in that system, and that is what's happening with Intel.

    If Bobcat and Llano are any indication, AMD will integrate a GPU that will be at least 2-4 times faster than the GPU in Sandy Bridge while consuming the same amount of power. And if some of the reviews I read are correct, the integrated AMD GPU will be able to work together with the discrete GPU for a 30-70% performance boost.

    So if someone buys a very cheap system without a discrete GPU, Bobcat will be faster than Sandy Bridge, and may even be able to play some older games that choke on SB. And Bobcat will be faster for every day tasks as well such as browsing, playing flash movies and games, playing HD content, etc.

    Now if someone buys a high end system with a discrete GPU, Bobcat will still be faster, because the integrated GPU will work with the discrete GPU. SB currently does not even have such a feature. Even if it did, SB's integrated GPU is still weaker by far than Bobcat's.

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