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The FX-4130 was originally slated to be released in Q3 of 2012, alongside the FX-4100 as its slightly faster sibling. Compared to the FX-4100, it boasts a 200MHz boost in stock clocks and will Turbo boost all cores to 3.9GHz when under load, should you leave that option on. It has half the cache of the FX-4100, but does ship with a better stock cooler, the same one found boxed with the FX-8350. AMD has sent out a skewed graph together with their press release and it promises performance improvements in the range of 3-9%.


UPDATE: It’s actually just another Bulldozer core, not Piledriver-based. Sorry for the confusion guys, that’ll teach me to learn to double-check other tech sites more properly. I’ve edited the article accordingly.

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AMD’s been busy in the last two months releasing a new family of processors on a new socket and updating their AM3+ lineup of FX CPUs. In the FX range, the FX-8320 is probably the best value for gamers and is priced around $169. The company has announced its intention to release cheaper a FX-8300 priced around $159, with default core speeds of 3.2GHz boosting up to 3.6GHz, an unlocked multiplier and a low 95W TDP, matching the FX-4300 and FX-6300. There’s also a HD7890 in the works, designed to combat the Nvidia GTX660 Ti and be at least 10% faster. AMD expects a December launch for both products.

Source: TechpowerUp! (link1, link2)

Over the past year I’ve been very vocal about AMD’s seeming inability to catch up with Intel’s latest and greatest processors and their in-app performance. When Bulldozer was released for socket AM3+, it was generally on par with a CPU that was a generation old – Intel’s Core i7-920. The i7-920 today is still one of the powerhouses that throws around its weight with gusto, putting in performances in modern games and apps that make one question if the price you paid for the upgrade to Ivy Bridge was really worth it, considering there wasn’t a lot wrong with Nehalem in the first place. And if you were one of the few fans that saw the good in the Bulldozer family, you could argue that there wasn’t a lot wrong with it either.

Piledriver aims to bring performance up a notch and when it was announced on AMD’s roadmap, the company promised improvements to power consumption and up to 15% more performance than the outgoing FX range. Have they delivered on their promise?

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We won’t be seeing AMD’s new FX family, codenamed “Vishera” for a little while, as the company instaed moves to clear out stock of the Llano FM1 processors to make way for Trinity, which promises to make big waves in the market. However, its rather important that AMD gets pricing right of its new CPU family, and it looks like they have; the quad-core FX-4300 will launch at $125, the six-core FX-6300 will start at $135, the octocore FX-8320 raises that to $175 (in line with the cheapest Core i5 chips) and the FX-8350 ends it off with a launch price of $199, right in the fighting ring with the Core i5-3550. Will AMD’s CPUs bring better performance and efficiency and make a good case for themselves? We don’t have to wait much longer to find out.

Source: TechpowerUp!

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So over the long weekend I saw some posts on Facebook by Evetech’s page of the company testing out some new FM2-based hardware with AMD’s closed-loop water cooling kit. All indications are that the new family of chips are ready for a launch in the beginning of October. Whether this is a worldwide or region-specific launch hasn’t yet been confirmed by AMD, but cross off October 2nd for when reviews around the world go live.

Among the FM2 models being prepped for launch are the quad-core A10-5800K, A10-5700, A8-5600K and A8-5500; the dual-core A6-5400K and the A4-5300. The chips are still built on the 32nm process but have undergone significant changes to improve power consumption and fall under a lower TDP. All the chips will also have the new HD7000 graphics cores, although they’re merely rebranded ones at higher clock speeds from the previous HD6000 APU generation. 

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A leaked image by BLT, a major distributor in the US, shows the pricing for AMD’s Trinity chips with their manufacturer pricing attached (the cost to buy direct from AMD). First off: they’re incredibly cheap It looks like AMD is planning pricing so that the A10 series goes in between the Core i3 and i5 families, with the A10-580K shipping with a 100W TDP and a stock speed of 3.8GHz. The A8-560K will likely lead the fight against the Core i3 Sandy Bridge chips and is even priced for that match-up. We await with bated breath, AMD.

Source: TechpowerUp!

AMD recently announced that several of their Bulldozer-based processors will be officially end-of-life’d as part of their mass exit strategy  to move immediately to Piledriver and Trinity for the desktop. The current FX family from the FX-4100 all the way to the FX-8150 will get their final notices next month. The last batch of shipments will be done by Q2 2013 and AMD is planning on concentrating heavily on the Piledriver successor. The first chip from the new FX stable to be launched will be the FX-8350, with a 4GHz base clock, Turbo clocks up to 4.2GHz for all cores and a 125W TDP, launching sometime next month.

Source: Fudzilla

A list of the specs for the new family of processors based on Piledrive has just been released! The family’s codename is Vishera, named after an island that forms a part of the Southern Islands to the south of Singapore. The new family has the product names as expected, but a lot has changed in the meantime while Bulldozer has been fighting it out for market relevance.

Hit the jump for more info. 

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When Trinity chips eventually land this year (if ever) it’ll be a better chance for AMD to woo system builders into considering a desktop with a Piledriver-based APU and possibly will even entice developers fiddling around with the OpenCL acceleration to actually consider giving it a real go. Of course, not all parts manufactured in the fabrication labs of TSMC have the same yields or are without their defects, so AMD’s preparing for this eventuality by resurrecting the Athlon II line yet again.

The new chips will be quad-core parts, two with a locked multiplier, that either have the on-die GPU disabled or cut out completely. Hit the jump for more info if you’re eyeing a FM2 build to replace your ageing AM2/AM2+/AM3 setup. 

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I say reasonably well because AMD’s Llano and Bulldozer chips have been underwhelming performers thus far. The company decided to design a new architecture that focuses on conserving resources, improving power efficiency and reducing heat generation. Its a good idea on paper compared to Intel’s approach of continuing the growth of Moore’s law using 3D-layered transistors, but in reality it strangles single-thread performance and requires higher clock speeds to match anything from Intel’s stable. In addition, there’s not a lot to differentiate CPUs from the same family. In gaming benchmarks, AMD’s FX-4100 performs similarly to the FX-8120, with some margin of improved frame rates in certain games thanks to the higher clock speeds of the quad-core chip.

Left to Right: Llano, Trinity and Phenom, three distant cousins

Yes, despite that some people say AMD’s FX-8120 is a octo-core chip, its really four Bulldozer modules with two single-core chips per module, squashed together and forced to share cache, floating point units and bandwidth. Likewise for the quad-core chip, which has two modules and really can’t contend with even Intel’s Sandy Bridge-based Pentiums. For laptops and desktops, AMD promised that Trinity would improve performance by 15% overall and prove a worthy upgrade from the Llano chips of old. Lets see how they’ve delivered.

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