We had already seen some indications—mostly leaked slides—that AMD's upcoming Bulldozer processors might go toe-to-toe with Sandy Bridge on the pricing front. Now, Theo Valich at Bright Side Of News claims to have heard straight from the horse's mouth that the fastest desktop Bulldozer variant will cost $320.
Valich says the revelation came during a chat with AMD folks at the E3 show in Los Angeles, where he also got to manhandle a product box for an "AMD FX 8-core processor Black Edition." (Click through to the article for pictures.) The $320 asking price will reportedly apply to an FX-8130P processor. AMD wasn't willing to quote specs for that product, but Valich writes that the FX-8130P is "supposed" to run at 3.8GHz with a top Turbo speed of 4.2GHz and a 130W thermal envelope.
If this information is accurate, then the FX-8130P may end up costing $5 more than the current fastest Sandy Bridge desktop processor, the Core i7-2600K. That bodes well for Bulldozer performance, although Intel is also cooking up some LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E CPUs—and those might be out by the time Bulldozer hits. LGA2011 motherboards with X79 chipsets were on display at Computex last week.