AMD Officially Releases Unlocked Bulldozer FX Processors, FX-8150 Reviewed by Various Hardware Sites

Hassan Mujtaba

The wait is finally over! After months of delays, AMD have finally released their new FX Bulldozer based Processors which are based on the Zambezi Architecture delivering a fully unlocked and customizable experience for desktop PC users.

“AMD FX CPUs are back with a vengeance, as validated by the recent feat of setting a Guinness World Records title for ‘Highest frequency of a computer processor,’” said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and generalmanager, Client Group at AMD. “While overclockers will certainly enjoy the frequencies the AMD FX processors can achieve, PC enthusiasts and HD media aficionados will appreciate the remarkable experience that AMD FX processors can provide as part of a balanced, affordable desktop system.”

AMD has finally released its long awaited Bulldozer lineup which launches with four new FX Series chips:

  • FX-8150: Eight cores, 3.6 GHz CPU base (3.9 GHz Turbo Core, 4.2 GHz Max Turbo), $245 suggested retail price (U.S.)
  • FX-8120: Eight cores, 3.1 GHz CPU base (3.4 GHz Turbo Core, 4.0 GHz Max Turbo), $205 suggested retail price (U.S.)
  • FX-6100: Six cores, 3.3 GHz CPU base (3.6 GHz Turbo Core, 3.9 GHz Max Turbo), $165 suggested retail price (U.S.)
  • FX-4100: Four cores, 3.6 GHz CPU base (3.7 GHz Turbo Core, 3.8 GHz Max Turbo), $115 suggested retail price (U.S.)

Also, combining the AMD FX CPU with a 9 series chipset board and an AMD Radeon HD 6XXX series GPU will make what they call the 'Scorpius' platform that provides HD entertainment as well as an amazing gaming experience. More of a marketing gimmick no?

Along with the launch, several hardware sites have already reviewed the FX-8150 processor which will be AMD's top 8 core model till Q2 2012 when AMD will launch the latter FX-8170. You can check reviews at the following links:

There are a few reviews above which even show results with the bundled liquid cooling kit we detailed earlier here. The above reviews show that AMD did a great job pricing the Bulldozer chips, The FX-8150 which is priced near the i5 2500K offers 4 extra cores and a fully unlocked design. While the performance doesn't match up expectations, AMD's Bulldozer can provide higher longevity and future proofing to users who aim for gaming and desktop needs with the extra cores avilable at a reasonable price. Do check out more details on AMD Bulldozer/Piledozer and Trinity APU's below:

AMD’s 2nd Generation Bulldozer Core “Piledriver” Architecture Detailed

AMD FX Bulldozer Press Kit Pictured, Stuffed with FX-8150 CPU, ASUS Crosshair V Formula and Scorpius Platform Badge

AMD Officially Announces Trinity (Bulldozer + DX11) APU’s at Computex 2011, Release Scheduled for 2012

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