With the lineup of Bulldozer being staggered into different markets, AMD recently announced the addition of their Bulldozer lineup - the FX-6200 and FX-4170.
Both new processors still feature the 32nm technology in which the current Bulldozer chips are using. However, the FX-6200 and FX-4170 are 125W TDP, unlike the previous FX-6100 and FX-4100, which are only at 95W. Both new CPUs carry 8mb of L3 cache and are still AM3+ sockets based.
The hexa core FX-6200 has a starting clock speed of 3.8 GHz and reaches 4.1 GHz on Turbo. While the quad core FX-4170 has a base clock of 4.2 GHz and accelerates to 4.3 GHz on Turbo. And additional good news for AMD users, with this new processors comes price cuts on older Bulldozer chips. AMD announced that it will reduce prices on its other 32nm models.
With these newer chips coming along, let's hope this will be priced competitively in our local market. For those waiting for prices to go down for CPU upgrades, this might be the starting point that you're looking for.
There has been much speculation on when the upcoming Trinity, Brazos 2.0 and Vishera AMD CPUs for desktops will reach the market. Detailed schedules on the release of these chips were leaked on the internet today.
The 2nd quarter of this year (2012) will be the scheduled release date for Trinity, the successors of the Llano processors. This will feature the release of the new A10 and A8 Fusion CPUs. A10-5800 and A10-5700 will have the built-in AMD Radeon HD 7660D while the A8 counterparts (A8-5500 and A8-5600) will carry a cut-down GPU, HD 7560D. GPU performance for the Trinity CPUs will just be slightly below the HD 7670, which is a known rebrand of the current HD 6670.
Brazos 2.0 will also be released in the second quarter of 2012. This will introduce essential APUs such as the AMD E2-1800 and E1-1200, which also comes with a AMD Radeon HD 7340 and HD 7310 on-board GPUs respectively. These APUs would replace the existing E-450 and E-300. The E2-1800 and E1-1200 will still come in dual-core models 18W TDP, but it would feature Turbo Core technology, USB 3.0 and improvements on the chipset end. Q2 2012 would also be the time for additions of the current FX lineup with FX-6200 and FX-4120.
Q3 2012, however, will be the scheduled release for the FX successor - the Vishera. These would include the 8-core FX-8350 and FX-8320, 6-core FX-6300, and the 4-core FX-4320. Astounding attributes of the Vishera would include 4 Piledriver modules with different core count models. In the meantime, Q3 will also key in the addition of the other Trinity low-end lineup such as the A6-5400 and A4-5300.
More things are coming up for AMD this year. Let's hope that AMD can stick with their schedule and give end-users the needed boost in performance.