Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

Summary: While time is running down on 2011 being the year of Bulldozer, AMD is looking to next year to be the year of Piledriver. A leaked roadmap shows the chip company's desktop plans for 2012, and these include a processor that features 10 Piledriver CPUs, which will be improved versions of the forthcoming Bulldozer CPU.

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While time is running down on 2011 being the year of Bulldozer, AMD is looking to next year to be the year of Piledriver. A leaked roadmap shows the chip company's desktop plans for 2012, and these include a processor that features 10 Piledriver CPUs, which will be improved versions of the forthcoming Bulldozer CPU.

The Piledriver cores will be the basis for the new Virgo and Corona platforms. Corona will be the new enthusiast platform, featuring Komodo CPUs that include up to 10 Piledriver cores, while Virgo is designed for the mid-range, including Trinity APUs with up to 4 Piledriver cores. These new processors will pack AMD's Turbo 3.0 mode (whereas Bulldozers will run Turbo 2.0), and also require the new FM2 socket.

On the low end, the Brazos platform will be succeeded by the Deccan platform, centered around the new Wichita APUs. These will come with up to four Bobcat CPU cores, double the max Brazos offered.

When all of this will arrive is still TBD, and since we still don't have benchmarks on the final Bulldozer products, there's no idea how much Piledriver -- a.k.a. Enhanced Bulldozer -- will actually improve on its predecessor's performance. Still, more cores always sound good, so fanboys will no doubt be anxiously awaiting a chance to build a 10-core system sometime next year.

Topics: Processors, Hardware

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  • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

    big plans for AMD.. looks like..!

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    davidfrankk
  • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

    How can 2011 be the year of Bulldozer when it's more than half over and you still can't buy it? I have one word, VAPORWARE!

    Discusted AMD Fanboy
    Steve Sexton
    • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

      @Steve Sexton "Discusted AMD Fanboy" You should have that looked at.... It sounds disgusting.
      cbstryker
      • Wanted the 8-core but go tired of waiting

        @cbstryker
        Still no Bulldozer ...
        jamesvmoore
  • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

    Its like having an oven inside your computer! Put some cookie dough in there, play world of warcraft for 10 - 15 minutes depending on how soft you like your cookies, and presto its done.
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

      @LoverockDavidson Until you realize that two of AMD's cores is the same as one of Intels. Essentially, this should be equal to a 5 core intel processor.
      Aerowind
      • RE: Until you realize that two of AMD's cores is the same as one of Intels

        @Aerowind

        How do you figure? Hyperthreading is nice but my Quad Core Phenom at home stacks up quite nicely with the Core i7 with HT I have at work and they were comparably priced processors at the time.

        Even if you take the synthetic benchmarks you will see that while Intel may win on some AMD wins on others and the peformance difference is not always huge. A few FPS higher/lower here and a few seconds faster/slower there
        bobiroc
      • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

        @Aerowind You really are on drugs, aren't ya. Try frying some eggs and get yourself a glass of milk instead as either one is better then an Intel for ya.
        hantoyo1@...
    • 40 degree Celsius

      @LoverockDavidson
      I am running a 4 core AMD 965 modestly overclocked to 3684 and I never break 40 degree C underload. Case design and CPU Cooler make all the difference.
      jamesvmoore
      • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

        @jamesvmoore No doubt. I have an HP6214Y tower, 8gB RAM, and an AMD Athlon ll quad-core running at 2.68ghz. My temps run hot: 48-51?c on the low end, when I tax the system it can reach 56-59?c. I've had Pentium4 single cores run nearly that hot. The cases, while laid-out in a way we only dreamed of 5 years ago, still are a bit small. Not for the smaller components, but fpr the heat produced. Stuff needs room to breath (esp. Athlons).
        The elimination of wide ribbon-style cables sure helps, they were great at blocking air flow!

        I'm looking at liquid cooling. I could try running another mother-board fan and get one of those Wind Tunnel cpu fans, maybe I'll try that first if they make them for this cpu.
        The thing is, the great thing about liquid cooling is that it REMOVES HEAT from the case's interior, not just blow it around and hopefully out somewhere. Removing heat from the main trouble spot- the CPU lets all the other components reap the benifit. I've seen setups that also mega-cool the RAM, the second biggest ?culprit.

        I can't complain, the PC (on Win7) goes on without a hitch, very fast. Photoshop is my test program, and it eats it up like candy;)
        jrn_56@...
    • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

      @LoverockDavidson I have a core i7 940 that was running at 70c in a XBlade case. I put everything in a HAF932 full size case and dropped it to 30c. It has less to do with the cores and more to do with airflow
      bvonr@...
  • PC Improvement TV Series

    Like Home Improvement TV sitcom, Lets start a new TV series on PC Improvement. Grrrrrrrrrr!
    brettze
  • Forget 8 cores! AMD is planning nomenclature armageddon!

    Will the Witchita Bobcats bulldozer the Virgo Brazo Komodo Trinity? I don't know.<br>Bah! To hell with it!
    It's all becoming <a href="http://sludge.tk"><b>processor SLUDGE! </b></a>
    I need another Corona...
    PercySludge
  • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

    The major difference in real world performance between a multicore processor and a dual rests largely in the user's imagination. The essential reason for benchmark competitions is to show this difference which would otherwise be undetectable.
    iouzero
    • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

      @iouzero True in some respects but I would still like a 10 core system LOL
      bvonr@...
  • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

    If you can't tell the difference without using numbers from a single program, Why do you need it?
    RobertMoore12@...
  • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

    The question is can I get a 4ghz cpu without overclocking. I have not seen one yet.
    amoreno73
    • RE: Forget eight cores. AMD is planning a 10-core desktop CPU for 2012.

      @amoreno73

      You should know by now that there is more than the Mhz/Ghz of a processor that determines performance. If that was the case than a the 3.8Ghz Pentium 4's wouldn't perform like a Core i5 somewhere in the 2Ghz - 2.6Ghz Range. I would have to research the benchmarks to be sure but that is just a guess based on experience.
      bobiroc
  • 10 Cores? Mmmm I guess that's fast enough.

    nt
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
  • 10 cores? Who cares

    I would be impressed with 10 cores if I wasn't already rocking a 16 core Opteron. Handles everything I throw at it.
    LordAMD