The long wait is over; AMD finally released their new Bulldozer processor. This new architecture from AMD codename Zambezi are in FX series which is available in quad core, hex core and the most powerful octa core.
The AMD Zambezi processors run its best with socket AM3+ platform motherboards having the 900 series chipset such as the famous 990FX, 990X and 970X. Other motherboards that support this are the 770, 760G, 870, 880G, 890GX, 870 and 890FX chipsets will work fine either. The older AM3 motherboard can also be use in Zambezi processors after the BIOS have been updated.
The AMD FX series processors is now easily to identify, it uses the FX code on the first two letter of its name. This is followed by 41XX, 61XX and 81XX the first digit indicates the number of core, for example in the case of FX-81XX this processor has an eight core. The second digit is all in “1” which means that they work on the same socket and finally the remaining two digits indicates the processor’s speed.
AMD launch only the first four of their FX series processor, they are the FX-4100, FX-6100, FX-8120 and the FX-8150. Although AMD released only four of these processors, you can have a wider selection from the cheapest quad core, hex core up to the fairly priced octa core. The new AMD’s Bulldozer Octa core processors are insanely cheaper than Intel’s Sandy Bridge Quad core. AMD is giving us twice the power with less price, aren’t they thinking that they get robbed on this?
If we try to compare the intel's Sandy Bridge core i7 to FX-8150, the AMD has its full advantage. From the number of cores, L2 cache size, unlock cores, base frequency and turbo boost frequency all of these the AMD took the lead.
What really brings the excitement here is that, all FX processors have unlocked cores, in contrast with Intel you have to pay an extra $10 - $15 for the unlock version. You can pick any of these processors and bring it on the speed you may wish to.