AMD FX-8150 “FX-Bulldozer” Processor Review Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 Motherboard
When Intel released their Nehalem architecture
based on the 45nm process in 2008, AMD knew that they would once again
be left trailing behind Chipzilla in their race to secure x86 performance dominance. A year later, AMD went ahead to release their own 45nm Phenom II processors which came as a surprise with AMD offering triple and hexa core processors within affordable price ranges but it still sparked less interest for consumers.
AMD knew that their K10 architecture just wasn’t upto the job so the company went all out to prepare a new line of FX processors up from scratch that would feature improved IPC over the older K10 architecture and would also deliver for the first time
upto 8 cores to consumers. It should be noted that from 2009 till their
release in 2011, AMD released nothing other than refreshed Phenom II core processors so that their R&D team can research on the new Bulldozer architecture.
After four years of wait came the most hyped about CPU platform ever in the history of computing world. Fans around the world
were waiting for the moment when AMD would finally take the lead over
Intel and offer them a true enthusiast platform to driver their needs.
AMD’s Bulldozer is the first major architectural change in the company’s history since 2003 but did the new architecture live up to the hype or not?
AMD FX Makes a Comeback With Bulldozer Architecture
AMD made a comeback to the long forgotten FX brand with their new and improved Bulldozer architecture
that’s based around a 32nm SOI process by Global Foundries. It features
a die size of 315mm2, 1.2 Billion transistors and upto 8 core modules
which was an update over the Sandy Bridge’s 995 Million transistors but
located in a smaller die measuring 216mm2. The transistor count was
first reported to be 2 Billion but it was later revealed that the total
transistors available within the die were only 1.2 Million, the die size
remained the same.