AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

Summary: So we know that AMD has delayed production slightly for its new eight-core "Zambezi" processor, that it's rolling out the FX brand again for the unlocked eight-core Bulldozer CPU, and that it will even deliver that CPU in a tin box. (See my earlier post from today.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Hardware, Processors
44

So we know that AMD has delayed production slightly for its new eight-core "Zambezi" processor, that it's rolling out the FX brand again for the unlocked eight-core Bulldozer CPU, and that it will even deliver that CPU in a tin box. (See my earlier post from today.) We've been waiting to find out the two biggest things, however: how well it performs and how much it costs.

We still don't know how it stacks up in benchmarks against Intel's Sandy Bridge chips, but chip scribe Theo Valich found out from AMD at E3 this week how the company plans to price the octo-core processor. In his Bright Side of News post, Valich says that the eight-core FX Black Edition Processor will cost around $320 when it launches in a couple of months.

That places it squarely in the range of Intel's unlocked Core i7-2600K quad-core, which means that reviewers will no doubt pit the two against one another when testing the new AMD CPU. Will the four additional cores translate to enough extra performance to compete effectively with the top Sandy Bridge to date? We still don't know core clock speeds, but AMD is apparently working to make sure that applications can start taking advantage of all eight cores.

Is $320 the right price for you to consider buying this forthcoming AMD eight-core CPU? Let us know in the Comments section.

[Image via Bright Side of News]

Topics: Hardware, Processors

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

44 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

    I currently use a Phenom2 970 quad-core. For $320 that chip better kick ass AND run on an AM3 motherboard.
    IconK7@...
    • I recently put together two systems

      An AMD 965 and Intel 2500k. They both run pretty nice but the Intel chip runs hotter than the AMD. They both perform very nice; however, with the price point the AMD chips are a better value unless you intend to use a lot of rendering programs. I use two cheap Galaxy GT430 1 gig ddr3 Video cards and they run flawlessly and were only $35.00 after rebate and email special code on New Egg.
      adaedone@...
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        I am getting more excited for when this comes out to see some benchmarks as well. Maybe if we are lucky the AMD conference that HotHardware is giving away tickets too will have even more information.
        <a href="http://www.webbluemli.ch ">Search Engine Optimization</a>
        Amanda123456
  • If it outdoes a comparable Sandy Bridge getup,

    then Apple moving to AMD for CPUs would make sense. (ATi's GPUs already being better than nVidia's...)
    HypnoToad72
    • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

      @HypnoToad72 Really. Too bad that's not true. In both Single GPU performance, the GTX 580 slaps around the 6970 (AMD's Top single GPU card) they don't even price it against the top Nvidia card. While in SLI vs Crossfire, again the GTX 580 SLI blows away the 6970 in Crossfire. You can spout about GTX 590 vs 6990 (dual GPU cards) all you want where the 6990 comes out on top in SOME benchmarks, but the highest performance available is separate cards, and Nvidia rules in top performance.
      A. Noid
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        @A. Noid I'll take a little less heat and a little less performance over heating my whole house with a single GPU.
        Champ_Kind
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        @A. Noid source or gtfo
        Gimpeh
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        @A. Noid
        Actually, you're right. Although you're wrong as AMD has fixed many of their crossfiring issues and the 6000 series tend to scale better then Nvidia. As to the 580 being better than a 6970, it should be as it's 150+$ more, although only getting you around 5-10fps more. The Performance to cost would favor AMD over Nvidia in that sector, along with the 6970 having a full 2gb of memory over the 580's 1.5gb which means it's better suited for say multi-monitor setups.
        Banzai&Acirc;&yen;
    • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

      Intel will be coming out with their 8 core version by year end so I hear. I don't like Apple's overpriced products and I think for the money and performance combined, the MSI Hawk Nvidia GTX460 is one of the best cards out there, unless you want to overspend and then Nvidia still wins <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
      adaedone@...
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        @adaedone@... yeah and it will probably cost $1500 while the 8 Core Bulldozer is $320
        Abyssa
  • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

    Most likely power consumption will be 150W vs Intel's 95W. Performance of single- and few-threaded applications won't be as good either. So it'll depend on what you want to do with it.
    Earthling2
    • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

      @Earthling2 I think I read it would be in the 125W envelope, which might be reasonable to think since it is shrinking to 32nm and supposedly has more advanced power management features than the 125W Quad core Phenom II's. That would still make it higher than Intel's 95W though.
      GaMEChld
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        @GaMEChld Actually they will be 140W max TDP. and what he is refering to is:
        "Bulldozer will also introduce shared L2 cache in the new architecture. AMD calls this design a "Bulldozer module". A 16-core processor design would feature eight of these modules,[6] but the operating system will recognize each module as two physical cores."
        nonpoint
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        @nonpoint Thanks for the TDP info. Though I'm not sure why you started talking about the architecture to me, I am well aware of the module structure, my comment was only responding to the TDP, which he thought would be 150W. I knew it was lower than that, but I misremembered by how much.
        GaMEChld
    • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

      @Earthling2 Actually the single and few-threaded should be much better. Bulldozer brings a new design that allows a single thread to run on two cores. If each intel core runs at 3.4Ghz and AMD matches that per core, a single thread could run @ 6.8Ghz.

      Atleast thats what I make of it.
      x21x
      • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

        @x21x There is no way to make a single thread run on two cores, yet. What you may be thinking of is the Turbo-Core technology, which allows individual cores to be overclocked to higher speeds for brief periods of time.
        bbbl67
    • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

      @Earthling2 umm no... 95W actually
      Abyssa
  • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

    Holy multi-core, Batman!
    proudgeek
  • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

    I believe that this is AMD's answer to Intel's Hyperthreading, Intel's virtual cores. With Hyperthreading, an Intel processor with 4 cores will appear as 8 cores to the OS. AMD has put two mini-cores together to form a single module, and so each module is actually considered a full core. This should be much more efficient than Intel Hyperthreading. Intel gets maybe at most 60% efficiency out of Hyperthreading, and AMD should get at least 80%.
    bbbl67
  • RE: AMD reveals pricing for eight-core Bulldozer processor: $320

    Wow, it's always amazing how fast these new chips are coming out. Gonna be hard not to be tempted to get one of these new 8 cores.
    Gavello