First AMD Bulldozer gaming desktop PCs announced

Summary:It hasn't taken long for desktop manufacturers to start releasing gaming PCs featuring the new AMD Bulldozer desktop chips, which were officially launched on Tuesday. A number of boutique builders now offer configurations with the new FX series processors, with the flagship eight-core FX-8150 garnering the most attention.

It hasn't taken long for desktop manufacturers to start releasing gaming PCs featuring the new AMD Bulldozer desktop chips, which were officially launched on Tuesday. A number of boutique builders now offer configurations with the new FX series processors, with the flagship eight-core FX-8150 garnering the most attention.

Maingear is offering its top-notch Shift desktop with the choice of the eight-core FX-8120 for a base price of $2,080 or the FX-8150 for $49 more, as well as the mid-range F131 starting at $1,271 with an FX-8120 and, again, $49 more for a FX-8150. For an additional $49, Maingear will overclock your PC. Meanwhile, Origin PC is equipping its Genesis desktop with the FX-8150, which it will factory overclock on request.

Some vendors are adding other Bulldozers to the mix. While AVADirect is offering its Zambezi Gaming System with the FX-8150 starting at $1,142.71, or the FX-8120 for $1,074.31, it also comes standard with the six-core FX-6100 for $1,040.11. iBuyPower has a trio of desktops built around Bulldozers, one with the FX-6100 (the $759 Gamer Mage D415 FX), another with the FX-8120 (the $989 Gamer Mage D295 FX), and a third with the FX-8150 (the $1,219 Gamer Mage D355 FX).

CyberPower has no fewer than eight different systems that can come with Bulldozer chips, including the new Gamer Scorpius line. A few of its budget systems come standard with the FX-4100 quad-core chip, including the Gamer Scorpius 7500, which starts at just $575.

Brands like Dell/Alienware and HP have yet to embrace Bulldozer, but we'll see if any of their upcoming systems for the holiday shopping season will ship with AMD's latest and greatest chips.

Topics: Hardware, Processors

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