AMD FX Zambezi Processors Detailed

A bunch of information regarding AMD’s next processor line up has hit the web. First let’s take a look at a chart, which details each processor’s price range and position in the market.

AMD’s most powerful processor is an 8 core juggernaut clocked at 4.2GHz via their Turbo Core technology, which aims to compete with Intel’s Core i7 2600k. If priced competitively, this could really bring some competition to Intel. However, even if AMD achieves victory over the competition, Intel is not too far off from their own refresh. In Q2 2012 Intel will release their 22nm Ivy Bridge processor refresh with 3D transistor technology.

Previously, AMD had to delay their upcoming FX processors from releasing in the early part of summer 2011 to fall 2011 due to yield issues.

Yield problems at 32-nm were driving processor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) into the arms of rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) at the same time that Globalfoundries was struggling to reduce its reliance on AMD as lead customer, the analysts indicated in a note issued to clients.

So, this means that Intel has a head start on their next refresh where as AMD has yet to release their competition to the existing Sandy Bridge processors. This doesn’t necessarily mean that AMD is out for the count. Q2 2012 still leaves plenty of time for the company to release their new processors. And, if AMD’s new CPUs are priced accordingly, they could get the upper hand. However, AMD will ultimately need to start thinking about competing with Intel’s Ivy Bridge in a more timely fashion.

Fortunately for AMD, they are in a much better position in the notebook sector with with their integrated GPUs. If there is one market that AMD will no doubt have the upper hand in, it will be in the mobile sector, especially as GPGPU becomes even more popular for various applications. Furthermore, AMD is also making a push for the server market with a 16 core processor that has a configurable TDP in addition to quad channel memory support.

What makes these new Opterons truly intriguing is the fact that they will offer user-configurable TDP, which AMD calls TDP Power Cap. This means you can buy pretty much any CPU and then downscale the TDP to fit within your server’s power requirements. In the server market, the performance isn’t necessarily the number one concern like it is when building a gaming rig. As all the readers of our data center section are aware, what really counts is the performance per watt ratio. Servers need to be as energy efficient as possible while still providing excellent performance.

Sources: Guru3D, Digitimes, EEtimes, Anandtech