Rumor: AMD FX-8350 -Piledriver- to Launch in Q3

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According to the website Hexus.net, AMD is preparing Piledriver CPUs sometime in August. This is welcome news for AMD fans who have pretty much despaired since Bulldozer debuted last year. It wasn’t a bad CPU per se’, but compared with Ivy Bridge, it’s just not competitive.

Which brings us to Piledriver. According to AMD’s roadmap from last October, Piledriver is supposed to gain “~10-15%” over Bulldozer, and that will be a very welcome performance boost.

Core Roadmap - Big Machinery!

Core Roadmap - Big Machinery!

I can’t really say it any better than Hexus, so I’ll let them take it away.

The Zambezi range will remain socket AM3+ compatible, with the head of the pack expected to be the FX-8350, which will feature eight cores with a 4 x 2MB L2 and 8MB L3 cache configuration. As it’s likely to feature a 125 watt TDP, we expect the FX-8350 to be clocked 10 per cent (sic) faster than its FX-8150┬ápredecessor and, with tweaks to the Piledriver design offering around a six per cent (sic) performance boost over Bulldozer at the same clock, according to early benchmarks of Trinity, the FX-8350 may just have enough *umph* to successfully break AMD out of its performance slump.

Source: Hexus.net

They don’t say where they got this slide, but it shows some of the improvements AMD is making with the Piledriver core.

Piledriver Improvements - Image Courtesy Hexus.net

Piledriver Improvements - Image Courtesy Hexus.net

Here’s hoping AMD makes it back into the mainstream performance game. They’ve already said they’re not looking to compete on the ultra high end, letting Intel keep the kilo-buck CPU market. Hopefully they can bring back some of their mainstream glory though, else we’re all in trouble; not so much for AMD’s sake, but for the consumer market as a whole. Competition drives innovation – and lower prices. Without competition, Intel can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Let’s see what you’ve got AMD. It’s time to bring your A game!

Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)

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  1. Yep, Piledriver is supposed to be AM3+ compatible.

    EDIT - Txus, it was compared to Sandy in its review; I was referring to what's out on the market currently.
    well if you think about it

    ppl who know nothing about computer but wants to build

    may think "Bulldozer? hmm that must mean it destorys intel, i will buy that"

    or other stupid thoughts remember its not how good the product is its how you market the item, like who would want to spend an extra $100 for a i7 4core if you can get a 8 core for less? ppl dont know any better
    Frakk
    I would like to know who thought up those stupid names, how they come by them, and what there mental age is.

    Bulldozer, Piledriver, Steamroller.... to much Bob The Builder, i think.


    And excavator for 2014 :D
    xander89
    just another word for doggy while. hehe

    haha no worries mate :attn: i just dont get the logic behind these stupid names. come on AMD grow up! :sly:


    I would like to know who thought up those stupid names, how they come by them, and what there mental age is.

    Bulldozer, Piledriver, Steamroller.... to much Bob The Builder, i think.
    bburrill2012
    The bulldozer is a good sex pos..


    just another word for doggy while. hehe

    TBurt
    I agree IB is not enough for most to upgrade from SB. Unless you are trying some insane OC using liquid nitrogen. SB has a wall that it hits with regards to extreme OCing. I will not be updating my SB I7 for IB. If I was going for a new system I would go with an I7-3930K system. But that is just me dreaming. I got laid off so I am looking for a new job and such money is tight.

    Piledriver name... OMG you had me laughing hard! Thanks I needed the laugh. :)


    haha no worries mate :attn: i just dont get the logic behind these stupid names. come on AMD grow up! :sly:
    Thanks dude. Have been in a new job..... Kind of don't bother going online when I get home at the moment..... Busy enough with tech support at work ;)
    mjw21a
    Im expecting pd to get back to Thuban IPC levels although I expect AMD will sacrifice any power savings in favour of higher performance so they can get close to Intels performance. performance per watt will still favor Intel. If AMD gets too close Intel will just sacrifice some power and clock their chips higher. Bottom line is that AMD will be more competitive, though Intel will use less power at any given performance level, and will maintain a lead at the high end.


    Good to see you :) you haven't been around much.
    Im expecting PD to get back to Thuban IPC levels although I expect AMD will sacrifice any power savings in favour of higher performance so they can get close to Intels performance. Performance per watt will still favor Intel. If AMD gets too close Intel will just sacrifice some power and clock their chips higher. Bottom line is that AMD will be more competitive, though Intel will use less power at any given performance level, and will maintain a lead at the high end.