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Die-Shot: Next-Gen 8-Core AMD Orochi Bulldozer

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This is the eight-core version of Bulldozer.

In August AMD gave us a brief preview of what's to come from its next-generation technology known as Bulldozer.

Now we get to see one of the first early die-shots from an eight-core "Orochi" processor that's based on Bulldozer technology and built on the 32nm process.

Unlike Llano, this chip won't be a part of the Fusion initiative to integrate the GPU inside the die. But also unlike Llano, Bulldozer is based on next-generation AMD technology, while Llano shares its ties with Phenom CPUs.

Either way, we're expecting big things from AMD in 2011.

Source: X-bit labs

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    amk09 , September 3, 2010 3:05 PM
    insta-boner
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    back_by_demand , September 3, 2010 3:22 PM
    Sounds good
    Looks good
    Smells good
    Feels good
    Tastes good

    All we need now is a simple benchmark and a price - here's the thing, if it can beat the 6 core i7-980 but costs less then you have an instant winner.
    Price vs performance is King.
    Trying to impress with higher clock speeds went out of fashion with P4's at 3.8Ghz.
  • 25 Hide
    Stifle , September 3, 2010 3:28 PM
    Die-shots for nerds are like money shots for.... nevermind
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  • 39 Hide
    amk09 , September 3, 2010 3:05 PM
    insta-boner
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    partytime , September 3, 2010 3:11 PM
    holy crap I want this.. I wonder what clock speeds it will have....
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    hellwig , September 3, 2010 3:12 PM
    I was expecting to see 8 sections on the chip. But by 8 cores, they mean 4 physical "modules", each with symmetric pipelines, or whatever they're calling them. That's really gonna start confusing things. Still, that image is really cool.
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    BulkZerker , September 3, 2010 3:13 PM
    Topping out at 3.6 initiaally I think. Still plenty damn fast.
  • 4 Hide
    misry , September 3, 2010 3:15 PM
    Love me some die-shots...
  • 4 Hide
    Humans think , September 3, 2010 3:18 PM
    When is high quality image for poster coming? :p 
  • 28 Hide
    back_by_demand , September 3, 2010 3:22 PM
    Sounds good
    Looks good
    Smells good
    Feels good
    Tastes good

    All we need now is a simple benchmark and a price - here's the thing, if it can beat the 6 core i7-980 but costs less then you have an instant winner.
    Price vs performance is King.
    Trying to impress with higher clock speeds went out of fashion with P4's at 3.8Ghz.
  • 18 Hide
    eklipz330 , September 3, 2010 3:27 PM
    Humans thinkWhen is high quality image for poster coming?

    yeah i wanna overclock my wall too!
  • 25 Hide
    Stifle , September 3, 2010 3:28 PM
    Die-shots for nerds are like money shots for.... nevermind
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    tsnorquist , September 3, 2010 3:29 PM
    I've been waiting to upgrade my main desktop computer since late 2006. I think 2011 is going to be a heck of an upgrade year!
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    forsayken , September 3, 2010 3:29 PM
    back_by_demandSounds goodLooks goodSmells goodFeels goodTastes goodAll we need now is a simple benchmark and a price - here's the thing, if it can beat the 6 core i7-980 but costs less then you have an instant winner.Price vs performance is King.Trying to impress with higher clock speeds went out of fashion with P4's at 3.8Ghz.


    I want a benchmark too! And I want this to be $250 for the higher-end-ish chip.

    And as long as higher clock speed equals performance but not a crazy spike in power usage/heat, then by all means, I'm in. So many new games still prefer high frequency dual core over a lower frequency quad. I don't even have a reason to upgrade from my e8400 @ 3.6. But I will take a quad core 3.6 (or 3+ and OC myself!).
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    warezme , September 3, 2010 3:30 PM
    Competition is great for pricing but this needs to be worthy next generation and not a rehash of the old. Current AMD 6-cores have a hard time keeping up with Intel midrange 4 cores even overclocked, (except for gaming).
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    xaero1ne , September 3, 2010 3:44 PM
    i hope they will be compatible with am3 boards.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , September 3, 2010 3:47 PM
    Quote:
    I was expecting to see 8 sections on the chip. But by 8 cores, they mean 4 physical "modules", each with symmetric pipelines, or whatever they're calling them. That's really gonna start confusing things. Still, that image is really cool


    Um no that is 8 true cores.... you can clearly see 8 cores, with the caches off the the side of each 4 pair
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    jimmysmitty , September 3, 2010 3:47 PM
    hellwigI was expecting to see 8 sections on the chip. But by 8 cores, they mean 4 physical "modules", each with symmetric pipelines, or whatever they're calling them. That's really gonna start confusing things. Still, that image is really cool.


    Yep. Its their SMT, or CMT as they call it.

    xaero1nei hope they will be compatible with am3 boards.


    Nope. From the early reports, Bulldozer will not work in anything but AM3+ (AM3r2 or whatever they are calling it). But AM3 CPUs will work in AM3+/AM3r2
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    one-shot , September 3, 2010 3:48 PM
    It's well known around many other sites that this has been photoshopped by AMD to keep the logic hidden from competitors.

    EDIT** Because I got down rated by someone who obviously has no idea about this topic. Here is a very reputable site that is frequented by engineers from AMD and Intel, alike.

    http://www.techreport.com/discussions.x/19576

    I was down rated by a person who claims Intel can learn nothing from AMD.
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    codewarrior , September 3, 2010 3:50 PM
    Benchmarks are not always the determining factor, pricing and also processor build comes to play, even if it has the best benchmarks since its a new architecture we may never now what defects it may have remember the old Pentium 133
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    g00fysmiley , September 3, 2010 3:52 PM
    /swoon depending on power usage blulldozer may be my next upgrade... just hope like my amd64 3200+ single core it lasts about 4 years to :D 
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