The new processor will also be unlocked, making it easier to overclock small-form-factor desktops and all-in-one PCs.
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The latest rumors surrounding the release date of AMD's Bulldozer, or FX series, or Zambezi, desktop processors have them coming sooner than later (for a change). After being bumped from September to October, they now apparently will debut on October 12.
Here's something else to look forward to when Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors ship next year: Their integrated GPU will be able to handle 4K display resolution.Not only can it support up to 4096 x 4096 pixels, but it also can run multiple monitors simultaneously showing 4k videos.
You may recall that last week AMD touted the exploits of a pair of pro overclockers, who were able to juice one of the chip company's new FX, or Bulldozer, processors to a world-record 8.429GHz.
If you're looking forward to improved performance from Intel's tiny Atom processors -- used to power netbooks and tablets -- the company has plans to deliver it. In fact, the chip giant says future versions will match the performance of AMD's desktop Phenom II chips.
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 see-saw battle continues between Intel and the notebook vendors it's wooing to create its new Ultrabooks. Manufacturers have complained that part costs are too high to sell the systems for $1,000 or less, and Intel has not only thrown big marketing money their way, but also supplied a bill of materials that shows that the magic price point for Ultrabooks can be reached.
Nvidia just launched its latest flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 680, and initial reviews show it wiping the floor with AMD's top single-GPU board.
Considering that Intel was pushing vendors to keep its Ultrabook prices below $1,000, charging $300 more than that doesn't exactly jibe with the plan to undercut the MacBook Air pricing.
Leaked specs show that AMD will release a new dual-GPU monster graphics card -- complete with a monster price tag.