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AMD unveils 8-core CPU

Posted: 14 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore processor? desktop? motherboard?

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has introduced a range of CPUs that targets extreme multidisplay gaming, mega-tasking and HD content creation for PC and digital experts. The AMD FX, codenamed 'Bulldozer', is claimed by the company as the first-ever eight-core desktop processor line. It extends the family of AMD's Accelerated Processing Units.

All AMD FX CPUs offer completely unlocked processor clock multipliers for easier overclocking, enabling higher CPU speeds, said the company. Additionally, these processors use AMD Turbo Core Technology to dynamically optimize performance across CPU cores that yield maximum performance for intense workloads, added AMD.

The AMD FX CPUs available from global retailers include FX-8150: Eight cores, 3.6GHz CPU base (3.9GHz Turbo Core, 4.2GHz Max Turbo); FX-8120: Eight cores, 3.1GHz CPU base (3.4GHz Turbo Core, 4GHz Max Turbo); FX-6100: Six cores, 3.3GHz CPU base (3.6GHz Turbo Core, 3.9GHz Max Turbo) and FX-4100: Four cores, 3.6GHz CPU base (3.7GHz Turbo Core, 3.8GHz Max Turbo). The products cost $245, $205, $165 and $115, respectively.

Without spending a small fortune, users can combine an AMD FX CPU with an AMD 9-series chipset motherboard and AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards to create the AMD 'Scorpius' platform for an astounding gaming and HD entertainment experience, according to AMD. As part of the 'Scorpius' platform, AMD FX CPUs also support AMD CrossFireX technology. This allows the combination of multiple graphics cards in a PC for stunning visual experiences and AMD Eyefinity technology support for super resolution on up to six monitors, the company stated. With AMD CatalystControl Center/AMD VISION Engine Control Center, users can get regular updates to help improve system performance and stability, and to add new software enhancements.

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