AMD's next-generation, FX-series processors started prematurely creeping into retail listings over a week ago. Does that mean a retail launch is imminent? It's hard to do much more than speculate right now, but the guys at Turkish site DonanimHaber claim to have a more definite answer—they say Bulldozer will hit desktops on October 12.
DonanimHaber even got some launch prices to go with the release date prediction. Reportedly, the top-of-the-line FX-8150 part will sell for $245. The slower (but still eight-core) FX-8120 model will set you back $205, and the six-core FX-6100 will be priced at $175, about $35 above the A8-3850 APU.
Those prices might be more aggressive than AMD initially planned. Back in July, the chipmaker quoted an "approximate retail value" of $300 for eight-core FX-series chips being given away as prizes. An asking price of $245 on the top-of-the-line model would certainly give a break to folks on a budget, but it might also mean that AMD isn't as confident in the chip's ability to keep up with the Core i7-2600K. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the tip.)