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Oct 12, 11 at 4:03amleochan


AMD's Bulldozer not only marks the next generation in CPU architecture from Intel's rival chipmaker, but also delivers the first 8-core desktop CPU to the market in the form of the FX-8150 reviewed here at Neoseeker today. Priced at $245, the FX-8150 is the chip which managed to break world records for processor speeds back at AMD's preview event last month thanks to some crazy overclocking and even crazier cooling. Will it similarly shatter expectations here in Neoseeker's labs?

AMD FX-8150 "Bulldozer" CPU Review

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Oct 17, 11 at 1:31am
The Smith


Thanks Chris for the follow-up. I didn't even notice it myself.



Oct 16, 11 at 1:41am
Vagabond


General response from AMD regarding the Bulldozer reviews.

This week we launched the highly anticipated AMD FX series of desktop processors. Based on initial technical reviews, there are some in our community who feel the product performance did not meet their expectations of the AMD FX and the “Bulldozer” architecture. Over the past two days we’ve been listening to you and wanted to help you make sense of the new processors. As you begin to play with the AMD FX CPU processor, I foresee a few things will register:

In our design considerations, AMD focused on applications and environments that we believe our customers use – and which we expect them to use in the future. The architecture focuses on high-frequency and resource sharing to achieve optimal throughput and speed in next generation applications and high-resolution gaming.

Here’s some example scenarios where the AMD FX processor shines:

Playing the Latest Games

A perfect example is Battlefield 3. Take a look at how our test of AMD FX CPU compared to the Core i7 2600K and AMD Phenom™ II X6 1100T processors at full settings:



Map

Resolution

AMD FX-8150

Sandy Bridge i7 2600k

AMD Phenom™ II X6 1100T



MP_011

1650x1080x32 max settings

39.3

37.5

36.3



MP_011

1920x1200x32 max settings

33.2

31.8

30.6



MP_011

2560x1600x32 max settings

21.4

20.4

19.9


Benchmarking done with a single AMD Radeon™ HD 6970 graphics card

Creating in HD

Those users running time intensive tasks are going to want an AMD FX processor for applications like x264, HandBrake, Cinema4D where an eight-core processor will rip right along.

Building for the Future

This is a new architecture. Compilers have recently been updated, and programs have just started exploring the new instructions like XOP and FMA4 (two new instructions first supported by the AMD FX CPU) to speed up many applications, especially when compared to our older generation.

If you are running lightly threaded apps most of the time, then there are plenty of other solutions out there. But if you’re like me and use your desktop for high resolution gaming and want to tackle time intensive tasks with newer multi-threaded applications, the AMD FX processor won’t let you down.

We are a company committed to our customers and we’re constantly listening and working to improve our products. Please let us know what questions you have and we’ll do our best to respond.

Adam Kozak is a product marketing manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.



Oct 15, 11 at 10:58pm
VeGiTAX2


Only thing I can ponder is if all this next gen planning would show when testing the Windows 8 Dev Preview or not? If they really pushed for next gen then this would be a perfect testing bed it sounds like.



Oct 15, 11 at 7:30pm
Supernova1332


quote flame_boi13
Well lets look at the bright side. Finally, computer users who buy 1000w+ PSU, this is your chance for a CPU that that allows you to show off the true power of your PSU.
The i7 920 and up were usually just as bad or even worse with power after OC'ing past about 3.6ghz. Granted they're probably still faster at those clocks of course.

I'd really like AMD to go after performance/die space as they do with the graphics card lineup. If they could optimize the x86 cores as well as they do their shader clusters per die space they would at least make a little more money off of their underperforming cpu's instead of trying to be competitive with a much smaller die sandybridge that beats it in performance. Of course I imagine it's at least a little harder to design an x86 core over tacking on more shaders, rops, texture units, and a new UVD every now and then.

The bulldozer CPU design is very intriguing and creative with all the new design ideas that it uses but at the end of the day it comes down to whether it can perform or not, and on this... well, you've seen the benchmarks. Seems we're back to the days of the original phenom x4's, decent enough for most things, uses more power, larger die size, not competitive in the high end.

Here's to hoping they get their asses in gear.



Oct 15, 11 at 6:07pm
Chaosfire


quote The Smith
quote Chaosfire
the 4100 kind of looks worth my time, how does it compare to a 955 be?
AMD unfortunately has sent only its flagship.

My guess would be that they are approximately equal since there is a 400MHz difference. The now very great Turbo Core should help it to pull ahead though, and if the application can use the newer AVX, FMA4 or XOP, the 4100 is going to have a big advantage.

I will see if Neoseeker can get its hands on one. Stay tuned!
The reason I asked, was because it's said to be a bit cheaper then the 955, so, I was curious as to how powerful it was.



Oct 15, 11 at 5:12pm
VeGiTAX2


Just found a review with the 4100,6100,8120 and 8150

http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-fx-8150--8120-6100-and-4100-performance-review/1



Oct 15, 11 at 1:18pm
The Smith


quote Chaosfire
the 4100 kind of looks worth my time, how does it compare to a 955 be?
AMD unfortunately has sent only its flagship.

My guess would be that they are approximately equal since there is a 400MHz difference. The now very great Turbo Core should help it to pull ahead though, and if the application can use the newer AVX, FMA4 or XOP, the 4100 is going to have a big advantage.

I will see if Neoseeker can get its hands on one. Stay tuned!



Oct 14, 11 at 8:14am
flame_boi13


Well lets look at the bright side. Finally, computer users who buy 1000w+ PSU, this is your chance for a CPU that that allows you to show off the true power of your PSU.



Oct 14, 11 at 4:00am
VeGiTAX2


I would say wait for the benches to roll out on the 4100 before jumping on anything. The A8 might be the better performance choice if this is the cream of the crop.



Oct 14, 11 at 3:10am
Chaosfire


quote flame_boi13
Bleargh* I guess Ivy Bridge is definitely worth the wait than Bulldozer.
Ivy bridge is most definitely going to be worth the wait.
I'm sort of disappointed, but credz to AMD, for the jump in power.
the 4100 kind of looks worth my time, how does it compare to a 955 be?



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