Images were leaked recently that appear to be the box art for the new Bulldozer architecture CPUs from AMD. While we are not yet certain of their authenticity (we will have to wait for an official announcement), there is no Phenom or Athlon branding. Instead, these chips will rekindle the FX moniker which was last used for the top of the line series from AMD back in the K8 days. The codename, Zambezi, and the “Unlocked and Loaded” tagline clearly suggest that you will have room to play with the clockspeed. AMD appears to feel confident about their new architecture against the Intel competitor, Sandy Bridge, thanks to their initial testings and wafer yield results.
These images appear to be for the oct-core and quad-core chips, but the Zambesi-based chips will be released in three flavors:
- Eight cores, with 8MB L3 Cache
- Six cores, with 8MB L3 Cache
- Four cores, with 4MB L3 Cache
Looking at the L3 cache specifications, it looks like the hex-core chips are in fact oct-cores with disabled cores. Hopefully this means that overclockers will be able to re-enable the disabled cores, as has been done for the current range of dual- and tri-core Phenom chips. We’ll find out a lot more about the new chips in June, and we can’t wait.