Details about AMD's FX-8150 and FX-8120 eight-core desktop processors have appeared on some retail sites ahead of their official launch.
The FX-8150 and FX-8120 processors are part of the reincarnated AMD FX processor brand announced at E3 2011 and are pitched as high-performance parts aimed at gaming systems.
The chips are based on AMD's new Bulldozer architecture.
The FX-8150 has eight cores, it runs at 3.6GHz and is priced at $287 and
$283 on retail sites. The FX-8120, also with eight cores, runs at 3.1GHZ and
is priced at about $237.
The chips will compete with Intel's high-end Core i7-990X Extreme Edition
processor, which is much more expensive at $999. However, Intel will soon
release an Extreme Edition chip based on its newer Sandy Bridge
Last month, AMD said an eight-core Bulldozer microprocessor broke the world
record for clock speed by running at 8.429GHz.
In order to ensure that your system is ready to accept the new 8-core CPUs, make sure your PC sports a motherboard with an AMD 9-series chipset, which includes the all-new AM3+ socket that the AMD FX CPU requires. The AM3+ socket is backward compatible with AM3 AMD CPUs so you can install the motherboard now. ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, ECS, GIGABYTE Technology, Jetway and MSI are offering 9-series motherboards. In addition, ensure you have the latest BIOS installed.
AMD plans to launch the FX chips code-named Zambezi chips this quarter.