Thursday, March 17, 2011

AMD Bulldozer - the answer to Intel Sandy Bridge?

The latest AMD architecture designed from the ground up codename BULLDOZER maybe the answer of AMD to Intel's i7 "Sandy Bridge".  At preset AMD has no processor that can go toe-to-toe with Core i7 especially the new build Sandy Bridge.

The new AMD "Zambezi" is a 32nm multi-threaded high performance x86 processor  with 4, 6, and 8 cores variants based on the BULLDOZER architecture. Features are AMD's TurboCore 2.0 technology, over-clocked cores, dual graphics, OpenCL and GPU capabilities. Making this new CPU an integrated chip than a normal desktop CPU. This Zambezi  is belong to the FX family where few years back AMDs high-end CPU.

AMD’s Zambezi chip will feature eight processing engines with its cores packed into four modules. The Bulldozer includes two integer units, along with one floating-point unit and two threads on separate integer units instead of the single-core solution.
Based on the diagram AMD intends to dramatically improve multithreading performance of its CPUs: two INT schedulers, an FP scheduler and separate data caches for each of four cores. Credit: AMD

AMD is hoping to gain market share after the manufacturing error found on Intel Sandy Bridge. Currently Intel holds 80.8 percent of the market share with 0.4 increase and AMD has 19.9% with 0.4 decrease.

Personal thought:
If AMD "Zambezi" belongs to FX Family I am just hoping that AMD will not price this much. The AMD FX "Sledge Hammer" back in 2003 cost around $1000 due to the high cost it did nothit the market plus Intel released the Core 2 Duo which was much faster and cheaper.

The 4, 6 and 8 variants will give the consumer a good choice, and Quad-Core system nowadays is the norm desktop computing.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

FX6110 bench cam shot.