Well, if anyone thinks it´s more appropriate in techsupport, report it for moving, personally I think news regarding a CPU fits Blender and CG discussion as it is a vital component.
I think by now many noticed I am beyond techsavvy and try to stay objective regarding hardware, and I really would have wanted AMD to have a huge success with the Zambezi processors, the first batch of their Bulldozer architecture based CPUs.
I mention this because only a few know that the processor is called Zambezi, the architecture is called Bulldozer.
AMDs flagship is the FX8150.
I saw the first benchmarks I trust after the fall of the NDA and the launch today, and to sum it up:
The FX8150 is an Octacore CPU, that uses 222W with turbo and is currently listed with 224-249 Euro, not available in the stores yet.
The Ci5-2500k is a Quadcore CPU, that uses 147W and is listed 175 Euro, available for a year.
Most benchmarks are for games at this point and the Ci5 is usually 10-20% faster - and it doesn´t even has SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) and runs with 4 threads, not 8.
In software that supports manycore CPUs the Zambesi might score.
Sorry AMD that´s not how you do it. Just remains to hope that the Zambezis get cheaper faster, or that the Zambezi 2 is better. Seems history of Phenom 1 fail to Phenom 2 win repeats itself.
Just this time Intel is already ahead over a year and Q1 next year the new Ivybridge Octacores should hit the market.
I yet have to see Cinebench scores for the CPU, but with the information I have today I find Zambezi highly unattractive.
It seems my next machine will have an Intel CPU, and an AMD graphics card, unless the Nvidia 600 series really has no OpenGL issues as rumor has it, or the HD7000 series has any odd issues. But currently I am more sympathetic to AMD graphic card products as they seem to be the “rounder package”