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AMD FX-series Bulldozer chip pricing tips up

Eight cores for under $300
Tue Sep 13 2011, 15:20

CHIP DESIGNER AMD will price its high-end FX series Bulldozer chips between $188 and $266.

Last week AMD announced that it is shipping server oriented 16-core Bulldozer chips to its high performance computing customers and now pricing and details for Bulldozer FX series chips have tipped up.

If CPU-World's pricing for AMD's range topping chips is accurate then the company seems to be back in the game, at least in terms of price. The FX-6100 series, the 'slowest' of the FX trio, is a 6-core chip running at 3.3GHz with the Turbo mode pushing that up to 3.9GHz. There are 6MB Level 2 and 8MB Level 3 caches and the thermal design power (TDP) is an impressive 95W.

AMD's two 8-core FX-8120 and FX-8150 chips run at 3.1GHz and 3.6GHz, respectively, with turbo frequencies cited as 4.0GHz and 4.2GHz, respectively. Both chips have 8MB Level 2 and Level 3 caches with a TDP of 125W. However the best part is the price.

CPU-World claims that AMD will charge $188 for the FX-6100, $221 for the FX-8120 and $266 for the FX-8150 for 1,000 unit trays. Retail pricing is expected to be a little higher than that.

Performance figures for AMD's FX-series chips are not out yet, but if the company can price its FX-series parts below $300, they seem attractive if you need six or eight cores without having to spend a lot of money. Of course AMD's Bulldozer architecture means that an 8-core chip is really four Bulldozer units, nevertheless things have finally become interesting again after a few years of Intel having had the upper hand against AMD. µ


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