AMD Bulldozer A Surprisingly Sell-Out Sales Success.

Not really suprising news. If we look at the CPU usage figures here at HWBOT since October 12 (when Bulldozer launched), we see that the FX-8150 ranks 7th in the list of amount of results and 3rd when counting the amount of members that used the CPU. Of course, this is still far behind the i7 2600 or i5 2500K.

AMD's new Bulldozer "FX" series of processors may be very lacklustre performers in reviewer's benchmarks and have garnered considerable scorn in enthusiast circles, but they're a very good performer for AMD's bottom line. Incredibly, they are selling out as soon as shops get them in stock - and they are not even priced very competitively against Intel's offerings, so perhaps the "It's an 8 core CPU!!" marketing is working well on the uninformed "enthusiast" after all? Mind you, what enthusiast, however uninformed, wouldn't know exactly how these products perform? Every tech website and computer magazine has covered these chips by now. The mind boggles.

Unfortunately, the victims of this unwarranted success are the decent Phenom II & Athlon II processors, which have always been priced very well, giving good value for money and are good sellers. The reason is that the manufacturing plants share equipment between these old 45 nm products and the new 32 nm ones, creating a conflict between them, so one must go. It therefore makes sound business sense for AMD to discontinue selling the old product in favour of the new, expensive one which is flying off the shelves. AMD will stop shipping all Athlon II's and Phenom II's to distributors, but with one exception. The "Zosma" 6 core Phenom II X4 960T will continue to be available until stocks run dry. This has two cores disabled, making it a "quad" core CPU, but with luck they might be unlockable. To state the obvious, if one is considering buying one of these discontinued chips, then they'd better not wait long.


United Kingdom El Gappo says:

Easy to sell out when you have none to sell.

Took me about a month to get a retail one and that came from canada lol. Think we only just got stock of the 8150's in the UK last week for the first time.

Hiwa says:

Still no where in stock in switzerland...

Christian Ney says:

Here nobody have it in stock :(

TaPaKaH says:

Not in stock here as well .. AMD must have been really generous with the ES if this chip got #3 popularity with extremely limited retail availability.

Germany SoF says:

This chip is so unpopular I am really wondering why they make it look so good in this article...

United States BenchZowner says:

Brilliant marketing stuff. You send 100 ( in total ) chips every month globally, and you claim that they sell in a sec, like hot cakes. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant :D

Poland KUBA TM says:

in Poland FX cpus are available from launch day, they are selling quickly but all the time we have new supplies

Canada Vinster says:

plenty of stock of the 8120's ($229CAD), fewer but still enough of the 8150's ($299CAD) here near Toronto, Canada...

Czech Republic OBR says:

thats bigest bullshit ever, in czech only 20 cpus sold from launch (2 months) ... bought by the absolute dumb ass amd fans ...

50+ of 3930K were sold from launch (2 weeks)

Sweden Calathea says:

Here in sweden both price and availability is horrible. Release almost two months ago and still not possible to buy FX-8150...

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