Rumours about Bulldozer either point in the direction of highly competitive or hardly competitive. Well ... there's only one way to find out!
As we move ever closer to the release of AMD's FX-Series, Gigabyte has revealed a CPU compatibility list for its 990FX motherboards, which all but confirms the final FX-Series SKUs. As expected, there will be 8-core, 6-core and 4-core CPUs, with the flagship clocked at 3.6 GHz.
The final shipping stepping is B2. The top part, FX-8150, is clocked at 3.6 GHz, with a TDP of 125W. Next in line is the FX-8120, clocked at 3.1 GHz. There are two versions - 125W and 95W. This suggests that the FX-8120 was initially targeted for 95W but may ship with a 125W TDP to begin with. The final 8-core CPU is the FX-8100, clocked at 2.8 GHz.
The sole 6-core CPU will be FX-6100 at 3.3 GHz while the 4-core CPU will be FX-4100 clocked at 3.6 GHz. Both feature 95W TDP, and will likely compete up against the Core i5 series. All CPUs feature 8MB L3 cache. This suggests that FX-6100 and FX-4100 are likely to be Zambezi with 1 module and 2 modules disabled, respectively, rather than native 3-module / 2-module dies.
The clock speeds mentioned in the table only refer to the base frequencies, with no mention of Turbo Core.
The latest rumours still suggest a launch in September, while other rumours suggest mass availability may happen only in October.