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AMD Explains How To Get Your Rig Ready for Bulldozer

AMD Explains How To Get Your Rig Ready for Bulldozer

Adam Kozak, product marketing manager at AMD, has just published a blog post on the AMD website titled, “Get Your Rig Ready for the AMD FX Processor”. As you can probably surmise from the title, Adam outlines the steps necessary for do-it-yourselfers to get their machines ready to work with upcoming AMD FX 8-Core processors, a.k.a Zambezi, which are based on the Bulldozer architecture.

In the post, Adam talks about getting the right motherboard, i.e. a socket AM3+ motherboard based on the 9-Series chipset (a handful of which we reviewed right here), flashing it with a Bulldozer compatible BIOS or UEFI, and he throws in a plug for some Radeon HD 6000 series graphics. “To unleash the power of the AMD FX CPU when it launches, you’ll of course want an equally powerful graphics card. AMD recommends matching the AMD FX CPU with an AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics card or higher.”

Although an AM3+ motherboard is recommended, it’s likely some motherboard manufacturers will enable Bulldozer support on AM3 motherboards as well though a BIOS or UEFI update, but the extent to which those boards will be able to exploit the power saving features of AMD’s upcoming processors is not yet known.

“Follow these steps to be sure your PC is fully equipped to experience the unlocked and unrestrained power of AMD FX when the CPU hits the market this quarter”. Now Adam, when you say “this quarter”, do you mean next week? Next month? December perhaps? Just kiddin’, folks. We know when Bulldozer is launching, and so will you, soon enough.

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"The Suspense is killing me. Hmmm??, Reviews up tonight after midnight?? Finally?? Or 1Am?? My F5 key is going to explode"

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AMD with it's guide; it's coming sooner then we think Unleash Bulldozer!

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@Optimus - Don't ruin your keyboard, it's not going to be tonight. :)

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Marco C:

@Optimus - Don't ruin your keyboard, it's not going to be tonight. :)

"Aw shoot, I though that we would trash talk all weekend. Oh well, at least it'll be out soon enough."

 

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Are bulldozer motherboards going to have the same cooler brackets as amd3 boards?

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No, go ahead Optiums, ruin that keyboard anyway and mash that F5 key. All good! :D

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Dave_HH:

No, go ahead Optiums, ruin that keyboard anyway and mash that F5 key. All good! :D

"Hey, Hey, C'mon guys, So there's hope?? Either way, looking forward to aan excellent top notch review, when its out" 

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I've heard about Bulldozer hype all year long on HH but I've never understood whats so special about it!

I just know its the most upcoming set of AMD processors (I believe?) and that their similar to Intel's sandy bridge?

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Well... Let me run down what happened.

  • FX branding is back.
  • Video demos demonstrating superior gaming performance against Intel's integrated graphics solution.
  • 8 core CPU.
  • Compatibility issues.
  • The next generation of AMD motherboards.
  • APU's.
  • New solution brings potential for apps written to use it.

There are a lot of things feeding into the hype. Personally I'm keeping my expectations modest and I'm just going to wait until the Bulldozer review comes out; I mean it's not the end of the world if the reviews don't come out on the 12th.

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...meanwhile don't forget to be doing this ::Smile

http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/processors/Pages/fx-entry.aspx

 

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Taylor,

FX chips don't have integrated GPUs and the first generation of Bulldozer cores won't be APUs.

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Joel H:
Taylor, FX chips don't have integrated GPUs and the first generation of Bulldozer cores won't be APUs.

But that date that he quoted looks good.

 

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*patiently waits for HotHardware review*

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In responce to "fat78", yes it has to be able to use the same cooler brackets as AMD3 & AMD3+. They have said that Zambezi can fit AMD3+ boards & that if they so wish the retail motherboard companies can or maybe be able to update their bios for use of the Bulldozer's Zambezi line of processors. Also do not forget that some cpus can be used in both AMD3+ as well as AMD3.

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It's good to see that their site has got some kind of helping hand for the novice at making their own computers. Especially to the lead up to the release of their Zambezi bulldozer range. Anyway it is good to see that the coming of the Zambezi is soon seen. So soon we can see if the Bulldozer range of Zambezi processors will keep up or out do Intel's range of cpus that have been released lately or if they'll run out of diesel fairly quick. Also one other point of view, is that Intel's Ivy bridge chipset will come out within the 1st half of next year, 2012. If the Zambezi will prove to too much of a competition for Intel's cpu range, then will Intel stall the release date of its Ivy bridge cpu just like how AMD stalled its release of Zambezi.

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What is FX or whats so special about the FX branding?

and whats the point of an 8-core processor if most applications and programs today use an average of 2 cores?

Thanks a ton for the elaboration though! :)

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OSunday:
What is FX or whats so special about the FX branding?

Well FX is AMD's equivilant of Intel's Extreme Edition branding; which usually means top-of-the-line. The FX processors were introduced in 2003 and have beaten Intel processors in terms of performance and at the time value. They've kept the brand going (despite Intel's processors gaining the upper hand with the Conroes) since about 2006 and then there was nothing in terms of an AMD performance brand. (Whether or not you call the Phenoms a performance brand is totally up to you.)

The return of FX means a whole lot to fans of AMD's, technology journalists and well, the public in general since the brand hasn't been used since 2006 and the return of the brand to describe their 8 core unlocked CPU's tells us directly that AMD has a processor that can either beat or match the Intel's in terms of raw performance. I mean have you seen their pre-release package and AMD's recent success with their graphics department; they sure want to please the customers/existing fans of AMD processors.

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i am surprised they left out the MSI 990fx military grade 2 mobo its awesome im already useing with my x6 core amd 1100. im surprised with its easy bios and built in overclocking ability and its all pimped for the bulldozer core x8 processors

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