Bulldozer prototype suggests AMD shooting for Sandy Bridge performance

AMD still has not launched its Bulldozer platform, but many are wondering what kind of performance the platform will have. Apparently, we now have an answer. Donanim Haber got hands on a recent engineering sample, and the sample is allegedly able to run limited cores up to 4.2 GHz. This means that AMD processors could potentially outperform Intel processors at certain tasks.

The latest sample uncovered is identified as a FX-8130P, has a base clock speed of 3.2 GHz. With all four Bulldozer core modules running, the processor can turbo boost up to 3.6 GHz. When only two cores are running the CPU cranks all the way up to 4.2 GHz and during testing in an AM3 socket-equipped motherboard and running alongside an NVIDA GTX 580, the Bulldozer-based processor turned in a 3DMark 11 score of 6265 with a physics score of 7487.

That puts the FX-8130P between Intel's latest quad-core Core i5-2500K and Core i7-2600K processors, according to benchmarks by Tom's Hardware. The FX-8130P's PCMark 7 score, on the other hand, is just 3045 which doesn't even beat AMD's older A-8 3850 processor.

Bulldozer should be launching around the same time as Intel's Sandy Bridge-based Xeons, and based on this it seems like there is no way that Bulldozer will be able to compete with those processors in terms of raw performance. However, if AMD prices the parts right, they could convince customers to buy the Bulldozer CPUs.

Image Courtesy of: Donanim Haber

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the bad thing is that currently, as AMD can compete with Intel in terms of performance, we as customers haven't seen much prices dropping.

Hopefully AMD can get their new CPU's at least close to what Sandy Bridge has now.

kingius said,
They compared them to Xeons because it was the only way to make Intel look good.

Did you read the article? This unreleased AMD processor barely keeps up with what Intel has had for 7+ months now. The AMD processor is releasing about the same time the Sandy Bridge Xeon processor. Intels next iteration should be along soon. AMD is well behind the curve.

CyberWolf said,

Did you read the article? This unreleased AMD processor barely keeps up with what Intel has had for 7+ months now. The AMD processor is releasing about the same time the Sandy Bridge Xeon processor. Intels next iteration should be along soon. AMD is well behind the curve.

Exactly, when you consider that Bulldozer is 32nm and Ivy Bridge will be 22nm with Tri-Gate Transistors AMD don't really stand a chance.

"based on this it seems like there is no way that Bulldozer will be able to compete with those processors in terms of raw performance"
That's just sad.

ahhell said,
"based on this it seems like there is no way that Bulldozer will be able to compete with those processors in terms of raw performance"
That's just sad.

Sad that they compared Bulldozer to Xeons, they should have compared them to the Interlagos chips if/when they are bench marked.

chadsss said,
This is just disappointing..how can AMD even compete when Ivy bridge arrives?

ivy bridge will be out in april or later i think i read. AMD has new chips coming next year so they will still be able to compete.

It's been delayed from intended 2Q release for improvements till around August or so apparently so early engineering samples are indicative of final product.

I'm personally looking forward to hopefully get one if it shows enough performance increase over X6 1090T when they do come out.

Digitalx said,
It's been delayed from intended 2Q release for improvements till around August or so apparently so early engineering samples are indicative of final product.

I'm personally looking forward to hopefully get one if it shows enough performance increase over X6 1090T when they do come out.

aren't* whoops

Digitalx said,

I'm personally looking forward to hopefully get one if it shows enough performance increase over X6 1090T when they do come out.

hehe article say between 2500k and 2600k, so i can assume it allready has on eng sample.

Digitalx said,
It's been delayed from intended 2Q release for improvements till around August or so apparently so early engineering samples are indicative of final product.

I'm personally looking forward to hopefully get one if it shows enough performance increase over X6 1090T when they do come out.

I'm also waiting on their release to do an upgrade from my core 2 duo...If it's performance is good enough and the price is good, I might choose it instead of Sandy Bridge.