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AMD Wants to "Bulldozer" Intel's Sandy Bridge

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We bring you more news about AMD’s upcoming Bulldozer architecture, this time coming from the crew over at X-bit labs. According to their recent article, they have seen “a document from AMD” which claims that Bulldozer “will be fully able to rival Core i7 2600-series chips” (Sandy Bridge).

That’s a bold statement from AMD, and it marks a very exciting time for the performance and overclocking community in the near future as these two rivals battle it out. Let’s take a look at the AMD product positioning diagram from X-bit labs.

Image Courtesy: X-Bit Labs

Image Courtesy X-Bit Labs

This document lists an easy comparison between what AMD will be offering and how it stacks up against Intel’s product line. Especially of interest is the far right-hand column, which lists the selling points for choosing AMD over Intel when comparing the available products from both companies. They are also including GPU processing on all of the Lynx and Brazos processors, some of which are quad core models.

AMD still plans to launch the Bulldozer processor line in Q2 2011, so we’ll see what this product launch brings. Either way, the healthy competition between AMD and Intel will only bring faster and cheaper hardware to the masses, which is always a good thing for overclockers.

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  1. What we need here is a counter of some kind that tells me how much longer I have to wait for the dang FX-8 chip.
    I was so intent on getting a SB setup in the next month or so, but it seems I'll stay with the green team and go Zambezi instead. :drool:
    :)
    EarthDog
    Not looking for boints anymore Sebas? :p

    LOL... I'm always looking for boints.. :) Who knows; I may end up getting both SB and BD if budget permits. But my boints for now will come from my trusty old 775 chips and boards. Hoping to snag me a REX this week so I can push my old intel chips a bit harder.
    If this thing competes with SB and goes cold, we're looking at even more globals out of BD. Big if though. Can't wait to see how it performs when it comes out!
    I got confused by the pricing... it said $700 and I thought it meant the CPU, which would make the bulldozer much more expensive than the SB 2600k chip, but then I saw it meant the whole PC.
    madhatter256
    I got confused by the pricing... it said $700 and I thought it meant the CPU, which would make the bulldozer much more expensive than the SB 2600k chip, but then I saw it meant the whole PC.

    Same thing happened to me... If the FX-8 chip comes out at a price point that competes with the 2600K and it performs as well as it's being touted to do it will be a monster. I know I'd rather have eight real cores than four cores with eight threads. But with most things AMD; we'll have to wait and see how close to initial claims and speculation we get in reality.
    xXSebaSXx
    What we need here is a counter of some kind that tells me how much longer I have to wait for the dang FX-8 chip.
    I was so intent on getting a SB setup in the next month or so, but it seems I'll stay with the green team and go Zambezi instead. :drool:
    :)

    HEY NOW! We're the RED team. CPU and GPU POWAAA!
    ;)
    I'm so excited. If this chip even mildly performs, and has no CB, I will sell more stuff than I own to finance one.
    Must say it will snow in Egypt and the Sahara if AMD's claims come through...would be great but improbable IMO
    8 core BD vs 4 core SB...mmmm, not really a fair comparison now is it?
    I'm a bit concerned. A few months ago I saw an interview with an AMD rep where he candidly implied that Bulldozer would mop the floor with sandybridge. Now to just say it will 'compete' concerns me. As a team blue/green person BD would literally have to crush SB for me to buy it- which I was planning to...
    I just dont see many people paying that kind of money for 8 real cores. Even if it can edge out SB 2600k in performance, it will also cost roughly $400 more. $400 for 8 cores good for what? Most people wont utilize it and benchers will just keep them in the benchers loop and sell them to each other :)
    I was hoping BD 8 core would come in slightly higher than the 2600k to make it appealing, but well see.
    doz
    I just dont see many people paying that kind of money for 8 real cores. Even if it can edge out SB 2600k in performance, it will also cost roughly $400 more. $400 for 8 cores good for what? Most people wont utilize it and benchers will just keep them in the benchers loop and sell them to each other :)
    I was hoping BD 8 core would come in slightly higher than the 2600k to make it appealing, but well see.

    If AMD sells the eight core for more than $500 total they're insane. They can't compete with Intel like that. They have to undercut them if they ever want a 50/50 market share.
    doz
    I just dont see many people paying that kind of money for 8 real cores. Even if it can edge out SB 2600k in performance, it will also cost roughly $400 more. $400 for 8 cores good for what? Most people wont utilize it and benchers will just keep them in the benchers loop and sell them to each other :)
    I was hoping BD 8 core would come in slightly higher than the 2600k to make it appealing, but well see.

    That is blatantly false.
    Theocnoob
    If AMD sells the eight core for more than $500 total they're insane. They can't compete with Intel like that. They have to undercut them if they ever want a 50/50 market share.

    You are both totally insane... The article says, and I quote:
    System Price

    Could someone please show me where it says a single bulldozer chip will cost $400 more than a SB chip?
    :eh?:
    We also have to wonder if this chip will OC well at all and how it will compete with SB when OCed.
    An 8 core processor doesn't mean much when the vast majority of applications hardly take advantage of 2 cores.
    ChanceCoats123
    HEY NOW! We're the RED team. CPU and GPU POWAAA!
    ;)
    I'm so excited. If this chip even mildly performs, and has no CB, I will sell more stuff than I own to finance one.

    LOL... I don't know chance... I sees a lot of green on that AMD logo.
    Brolloks
    Who cares the cost, if it cant run with SB it has no business calling itself a level SB competitor

    Exactly...
    From the graph on the article (provided by AMD promo guys I'd guess). They are aiming their FX-8 chip directly at SB 2600K in the price department. So if that chip matches/outperforms the SB performance it will be a huge success for AMD. The problem is that until the chip is out and we can see some real numbers; everything is just speculation.
    One thing I'd see AMD having an edge on would actually be the "Bencher/Enthusiast" market... If these chips scale with cold and perform as well as they are being promoted to do.. It will be a boon for the benchers here and everywhere.