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AMD Bulldozer Review: FX-8150 Gets Tested

AMD’s Roadmap Through 2014

Based on where Bulldozer sits today, it’s fairly evident that AMD didn’t realize the breadth of its goals for this architecture. However, the company says it’s on a cadence to produce a new version of the Bulldozer core every year.

Bear in mind that this isn’t a cadence in the same sense as Intel’s, where AMD is committing to a major architectural revision, a manufacturing node advancement, then another architectural revision. Rather, it’s simply predicting a 10 to 15 percent performance increase per core with each successive step via a combination of IPC, power, timing, and frequency increases.

In 2012, the company plans to launch Piledriver, which is expected to incorporate a number of IPC- and power-oriented improvements to the architecture. The first product planned with Piledriver’s enhancements is AMD’s Trinity APU, which we already saw running at IDF. Later, it’ll become a 32 nm-based CPU successor to today’s Zambezi desktop incarnation. How will Piledriver get its projected 10 to 15 percent speed up? AMD says one-third will come from IPC improvements like structure size increases (so, three to five percent) and two-thirds will come from power optimizations that reduce consumption, enabling higher frequencies at a constant TDP (another six to 10 percent).

AMD won’t provide any specifics on how it intends to carve out that additional 10 to 15 percent in the Steamroller or Excavator designs, maintaining only that it sees the potential and is confident the performance is there.

  • btto
    yeah finaly, now i'll read it
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  • ghnader hsmithot
    nOT Bad AMd!
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  • jdwii
    Been so long and i'm kinda sad.
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  • compton
    Not many surprises but I've been waiting for a long, long time for this. I hope this is just the first step to a more competitive AMD.
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  • ghnader hsmithot
    At least its almost as good as Nehalem.
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  • gamerk316
    Dissapointing. Predicted it ages ago though. PII X6 is a better value.
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  • As I expected - failure.
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  • AbdullahG
    I see the guys from the BD Rumors are here. As many others are, I'm disappointed.
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  • iam2thecrowe
    for the gaming community this is a FLOP.
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  • phump
    FX-4100 looks like a good alternative to the 955BE. Same price, higher clock, and lower power profile.
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