Items tagged with Bulldozer

AMD's Financial Analyst Day last week made it clear that while the company is primarily focused on consumer products and SoC design, it still wants to be a player in the server market. The various presentations were a bit unclear as to how AMD thought it would make that happen -- there was plenty of mention of "the cloud", but few details on how AMD could position its Bulldozer / Interlagos architecture to make a play in this space. Extensive testing over at Anandtech has shed some light on the situation. The new article is a follow-up to the original story; combined, they offer a panoramic view... Read more...
Attention AMD fans, if you're running one of those newfangled Bulldozer processors in your system, how would you like a free performance boost? You can have one, so long as you're rocking a copy of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft this week rolled out a hotfix that's supposed to make things run better automagically. "Currently, the performance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs is slower than expected. This behavior occurs because the threading logic in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 is not optimized to use the Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) scheduling feature. This feature was introduced... Read more...
AMD has announced the immediate availability of new 12-16 core 32nm Opteron processors based on the company's new Bulldozer architecture. According to AMD, these new chips will provide better performance, virtualization scaling, and efficient economics. “Our industry is at a new juncture; virtualization has provided a new level of reliable consolidation and businesses are now looking to the cloud for even more agility and efficiency. We designed the new AMD Opteron processor for this precise moment,” said Paul Struhsaker, corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Business,... Read more...
AMD's initial layoff announcement yesterday implied that the dismissals would occur across the company's global sales force. While that may still be true, it has become clear that AMD has slashed its PR and marketing departments in particular. The New Product Review Program* (NPRP) has lost most of its staff and Director of Product Planning, Carell Killebrew, who played an integral role in rescuing AMD's GPU division after the disaster of R600, also got the axe. Key members of the FirePro product team are also gone. None of the staff had any idea that the cuts were coming, or that they'd focus... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Iyaz, Marco and Dave discuss Logitech's Wireless Bluetooth Boombox and the state of wireless connectivity, AMD's new FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer CPU, id Software's Rage game, NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 and the Asus VG278H 3D LCD, along with hints of our next contest where you could win a high fidelity PC! Show Notes: 1:05 - Logitech's Wireless Bluetooth Boombox 7:45 - NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 and the Asus VG278H 3D LCD 11:45 - id Software's Rage 16:45 - AMD's new FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer CPU 22:23 - Contest Details!... Read more...
The world's first unlocked 8-core CPU in a new gaming rig? Sounds like a force worth reckoning with. Origin PC has just announced a refreshed line of gaming rigs with AMD's new FX processors, with professional overclocking up to 5GHz. We're talking about the new Bulldozer architecture, and it's available unlocked and ready to be overclocked to the hilt. You'll get AMD's Turbo Core technology (netting you an extra 1GHz of speed when needed), as well as the company's Direct Connect Architecture, which is said to zap traditional bottlenecks. So, you down with Bulldozer? Or have you been unimpressed... Read more...
Today AMD is officially taking the wraps off its latest FX-Series of desktop processors, targeted at performance-minded PC enthusiasts and overclockers. The FX-Series is based on the processor core formerly codenamed Zambezi, which leverages AMD’s much anticipated Bulldozer microarchitecture. The flagship processor in the new FX-Series line-up is the FX-8150, an unlocked, 8-Core processor, with gobs of cache and peak Turbo frequencies that exceed the 4GHz mark. But there’s a lot more to the FX-Series than speeds and feeds. The Bulldozer microarchitecture is a completely new design,... Read more...
When we sit down to arrange our thoughts and write an introduction for a new product launch, we typically want to put together some interesting and suspenseful prose that sets the stage for an exciting reveal of an as-yet undisclosed, eagerly anticipated product. No such luck this time around, as the product we’ll be discussing today has been one of the most talked about in tech circles for years—literally. Today AMD is officially taking the wraps off its latest FX-Series of desktop processors, targeted at performance-minded PC enthusiasts and overclockers. The FX-Series is based... Read more...
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... Read more...
A slide leaked to occasionally-accurate Turkish website Donahim Haber purports to showcase some of the features of AMD's next-generation Bulldozer core, codenamed 'Piledriver.'  This is the same CPU core the company's upcoming 'Trinity' mobile APU will be based on. Other leaked slides have implied that Trinity will be released more quickly than first anticipated, which makes this information downright timely. As always, keep in mind that Donahim Haber is a rumor site. The slide, however, is a rumor that makes sense. A 10 percent performance jump from Bulldozer to Piledriver is a reasonable... Read more...
This week has been a good news / bad news for Sunnyvale--but the bad, at least, was somewhat expected. The company gave notice today that its third quarter revenue would be lower than expected, with estimated quarterly income up 4-6 percent from Q2 levels. That's significantly less than AMD's original projection of ~10 percent, plus or minus two percentage points. The company's notice comes a month after rumors began that Bulldozer shipments might be delayed due to manufacturing problems. AMD announced it was shipping its server CPU, Interlagos, for revenue several weeks ago, but that announcement... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss the many announcements and happenings at the Intel Developers Forum 2011, Microsoft's Windows 8 Developer Preview, AMD's Guinness Book World Record-breaking 8GHz overclock of their upcoming FX processor, the OCZ Z-Drive R4 and details of our Labor Day Gaming System Giveaway where you could win a sweet gaming rig! Show Notes: 00:58 - IDF 2011 Otellini Keynote: Haswell, Solar, X86 Android 01:25 - IDF 2011 Eden Keynote: Ultrabooks and Ivy Bridge 02:18 - Intel X79-Based Motherboard and Liquid-Cooler... Read more...
While out at an event in AMD’s Austin offices a couple of weeks back, we got a chance to get up close and personal with the company’s upcoming Bulldozer-based FX-line of processors. Many of the details disclosed at the event are still under embargo, but AMD is allowing a bit of a sneak peek with today’s Guinness World Record announcement. One of the demos at AMD’s HQ consisted of an array of overclocked FX processors, using various cooling methods, including air, water, and phase-change hardware. But the real star of the event was a liquid-nitrogen / liquid-helium... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss the Asus G74SX 17-inch gaming notebook, our round-up of 3 Terabyte hard drives from Seagate, Western Digital and Hitachi, AMD's upcoming Bulldozer-based Interlagos 16-core server-class processor, the Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Small Form-Factor PC and details of our Labor System Giveaway contest! Show Notes: 1:01 - ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review 5:01 - AMD Begins Revenue Shipments Of Bulldozer-Based 16-Core "Interlagos" Processors 7:47 - 3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, WD 12:27 - Zotac Zbox Nano... Read more...
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