An AMD employee released some info on the upcoming Bulldozer CPU. Preliminary benchmarks on an 8 core Bulldozer desktop processor have it trouncing the mighty Intel i7 980X by a whopping 192% in 3D rendering benchmarks. The Orochi design is the company’s next-generation processor for high-end desktop. Rumors have the 8 core chip debuting at 3.4-4.0 GHz. AMD will launch their desktops chips first in an effort to regain market share from Intel. More about the Bulldozer here…
AMD is also planning to revive the enthusiast Multi-Processor platform with a new AMD FX dual socket configuration sporting processors with 4,6,8 and 12 cores.
AMD Orochi design is the company’s next-generation processor for high-end desktop (Zambezi) and server (Valencia) markets. The chip will feature eight processing engines, but since it is based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, those cores will be packed into four modules. Every module which will have two independent integer cores (that will share fetch, decode and L2 functionality) with dedicated schedulers, one “Flex FP” floating point unit with two 128-bit FMAC pipes with one FP scheduler. The chip will have shared L3 cache, new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and will use HyperTransport 3.1 bus. The Zambezi chips will use new AM3+ form-factor and will require brand new platforms.
Later in 2011 AMD will roll out their Fusion Platform combining general processor execution as well as 3D geometry processing and other functions of modern GPUs into a single package. AMD’s approach to General-purpose computing on graphics processing units or GPGPU will eliminate 90% of the programming workload required for programmers to make use of GPU processing power. nVidias CUDA so far has been a dud but with Fusion the CPU and GPU will be on the same processor, AMD’s implementation of OpenCL through an API will allow programmers to easily offload intensive computational task to the GPU while freeing up CPU power. So far the major 3D packages such as Maya, 3DSMax, and Cinema 4D have not been able to use GPGPU processing to render scenes, however with AMD Fusion rendering of intensive Ray-traced environments will be reduced by a factor of 20 to about 5% of original CPU based rendering times.
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AMD is planning to introduce new flagship six-core and quad-core processors over the coming weeks.
The Thuban portfolio will be expanded by the fastest AMD six-core to date, the 3.3GHz Phenom II X6 1100T. Unsurprisingly, the 1100T has a 125W TDP and with Turbo Core overclocking it will happily run at 3.7GHz, which is quite impressive. Power-conscious consumers will also get something new, the 1065T with a 95W TDP rating. It is clocked at 2.9GHz, or 3.4GHz with Turbo Core.
Interestingly, 1090T prices have come down by around 10 percent in recent days, which might imply that the 1100T is just around the corner and that it will retail under $300.
In addition to the new Thubans, AMD will also introduce the fastest Deneb yet. The Phenom II X4 975 is clocked at 3.6GHz, making it the highest clocked quad-core desktop CPU on the market.