As AMD works to ready its new Bulldozer desktop processors for release next month, it may be planning to price them even lower than initially thought. While the top FX series chip was once expected at around $320, CPU World reports that the eight-core FX-8150 was priced for pre-order at one online retailer for just $266.28.
The same retailer, shopblt.com, had another eight-core "Zambezi" CPU, the FX-8120, priced for $221.73, while the six-core FX-6100 is available for $188.32. The FX-6100 would be priced right around the current pricing for the top six-core Phenom II X6 processor, the 1100T Black Edition.
If the FX-8150 is indeed priced accurately, it would undercut the Intel Core i7-2600 processor, which is presumably its top competition. But can it outperform the quad-core Sandy Bridge chip, or is it priced lower because it can't compete with the i7-2600's performance? Hopefully, we'll finally get to find out next month.