Bulldozer benchmarks, Turbo details leak out


— 10:45 AM on July 13, 2011

More Bulldozer benchmarks have leaked out. Turkish site Donanim Haber got its hands on an engineering sample of AMD's upcoming Zambezi processor, and the site has run a number of tests on the CPU. The chip in question is identified as an FX-8130P with a 3.2GHz base clock speed, a 3.6GHz Turbo peak when all eight cores are active, and a 4.2GHz maximum speed when only half of those cores are in use.

Like most early pre-release benchmark numbers, the results should be taken with a grain of salt. If you're curious, this image gallery associated with the article has screenshots of scores from 3DMark 11, PCMark 7, Cinebench, Super PI, x264 video encoding, AIDA64, and the Fritz chess benchmark.

Zambezi processors are expected to arrive in August or September, which would put them in the mix right around when Intel's X79 platform appears set to launch. I'm sure AMD would rather compete with quad-core, dual-channel Sandy Bridge CPUs than the six-core, quad-channel "E" variants that are set to accompany the X79. Intel will surely charge a premium for its new workstation platform, though. Thanks to TechEye for the tip.

Update — Donanim Haber has since pulled the story, perhaps because a Czech blogger is claiming to have faked the benchmark results posted on the site. Hopefully, we'll have a clearer and more official sense of Bulldozer performance soon.

   
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