Faster Zambezi chips might show up early next year

AMD's latest ballpark estimates peg the launch of Zambezi processors in September at the latest. That said, the initial batch of chips might be outpaced by faster successors not long thereafter. X-bit labs reports that AMD is cooking up a four-CPU Zambezi refresh for the first quarter of 2012.

That refresh will reportedly include FX-8170, FX-8120, FX-6120, and FX-4120 processors. Looking at the model numbers alone, it's easy to figure out that these chips will likely be quicker than those in the launch lineup. X-bit labs says the first four Zambezi processors will be branded FX-8150, FX-8100, FX-6100, and FX-4100.

Specifications for some of the CPUs leaked out earlier this month. Word is that the FX-8150 wil have eight cores, a 3.6GHz base clock speed, a 4.2GHz turbo speed, and a 125W thermal envelope. The leading digit in FX-series model numbers apparently stands for the core count, while the last two digits represent performance. For example, the FX-4100 is said to have four cores, a 3.6GHz base speed, and a 3.8GHz peak turbo speed.

In any case, assuming X-bit labs' information is correct, AMD should have some new blood to ready to face Intel's 22-nm Ivy Bridge processors in early 2012. Whether we'll see a competitive fight is another story, though.

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