chips were, to put it bluntly, a disappointment, but the company is hoping that its upcoming Piledriver
, the second generation of the Bulldozer processors, will deliver on their promised performance even as the third generation of the chips (Steamroller) looms on the horizon.
In advance of the official global release, shopblt.com has preorders and pricing available. The lowest-end CPU in the family, the FX 4300 QC (3.8GHz) will cost just $131.62, while the top-end FX 8350 8C (clocked at a whopping 4GHz) will be $253.06.
The middle two chips, the FX 8320 8C (3.5GHz) and FX 6300 6C (3.5GHz) will cost $242.05 and $175.77, respectively.
The new processors will be available soon, possibly as early as October 1st, so it will be a short time before consumers will get the chance to see if the Steamroller CPUs are worth the money.