Posts Tagged ‘Zambezi’
AMD Bulldozer is LIVE!
Last Updated on Thursday, 8 September 2011 02:19 Written by Nick McD Thursday, 8 September 2011 05:00
AMD released the Interlagos (Opteron 6200) 16-core chip to resellers today, so expect large server and workstation developers like Dell and HP to have new systems with this powerful (and cool) computing core available very soon! This chip is compatible with current G34 socket motherboards (provided there is BIOS support), but expect to wait until October before these guys are available in the retail (web or store) setting for the rest of us. Read more: AMD Bulldozer is LIVE!
AMD Bulldozer X8 In Production: FOLLOWUP
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 02:02 Written by Nick McD Saturday, 20 August 2011 07:00
New information has been released, and I feel it is my duty to spill it ASAP. The Bulldozer is coming in September 2011, but Zambezi desktop processors will not be in the first run. Don’t panic! The delay isn’t going to be that long! AMD has announced through PC Magazine that the September 26th launch date is on, and it is locked. There will be no more delays. However, the chips released to suppliers that day will be limited to the Opteron Valencia (4200 series) and Interlagos (6200 series).
Both of these chips will be based on the 8-core Bulldozer architecture, offering dynamic over- and underclocking of cores independently, one of the great features that Bulldozer is bringing to the PC and server market. While an 8-core Opteron Bulldozer-type will be able to dynamically out-perform it’s 8- and 12-core predecessors, it also will also be able to speed up occupied cores handling server functions while simultaneously slow down cores seeing reduced task activity, and this will allow faster computation without the heat stress that is seen on previous Opteron and Intel XEON processors. Furthermore, the two 128-bit FPU (Floating Point Unit, otherwise known as a Math Co-processor) can be dynamically clocked, or even combined into a single 256-bit FPU to power through a task. Very cool! Read more: AMD Bulldozer X8 In Production: FOLLOWUP
AMD Bulldozer X8 In Production
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:55 Written by Nick McD Thursday, 18 August 2011 07:00
As the rumored Q3 launch nears, AMD partners in Taiwan are ramping up production of motherboards based on AMD’s 990FX northbridge chipset to handle the potential demand to handle the fully unlocked Bulldozer “Zambezi” core. As information on the final silicon is being fed to motherboard manufactures such as Gigabyte and MicroStar International, information that otherwise is being kept from the public is slowly leaking back into the real world, and it has been confirmed that the CPU is in production by AMD.
The final version, referred to as the “B2 stepping” version, corrects a known flaw with the Hyper Transport system between the CPU cores. The B0 and B1 versions that were allowed to be tested “in the wild” both experienced an issue where under heavy load the HT bus would flood, resulting in slower operational multi-core threading and generally crippling the overall memory read and write performance, and this explains why AMD opted to remove the product from it’s expected release dates earlier this year. Read more: AMD Bulldozer X8 In Production