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Upcoming release should offer an alternative to Sandy Bridge, but will it perform?

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is sitting pretty with strong graphics card sales and better than expected sales of its lightweight, power efficient fusion CPU+GPU systems on a chip (SoC).  The company is now profitable after years in the red.

Looking to continue its success, AMD previewed [press release] "Scorpius" at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) in Los Angeles.  Scorpius is AMD's answer for the high-end gaming market.

The design will feature an octacore, unlocked Zambezi processor dubbed "FX", reviving AMD's old enthusiast CPU branding.  Zambezi, codenamed after a river in Africa, is AMD's high performance 32 nm SOI process upcoming desktop CPU based on the company's new Bulldozer architecture.

The new platform will also feature a Radeon 6xxx HD graphics card from AMD and an AMD 9-series chipset motherboard (socket AM3).

Leslie Sobon, AMD's vice president of worldwide product marketing, comments, "AMD’s FX brand will enable an over-the-top experience for PC enthusiasts. By combining an unlocked, native eight-core processor, the latest in chipset technology, and AMD’s latest graphics cards, FX customers will enjoy an unrivalled feature set and amazing control over their PC’s performance."

The obvious competitor of Scorpius will be Intel Corp.'s (INTCSandy Bridge, possibly paired with GeForce 5xx series GPUs from NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA).  With eight physical cores, Scorpius will arguably have the edge over single-socket Intel designs, though, which currently only feature four cores (eight threads).  Intel will bump its core count to six cores in the near future, but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough.

Performance numbers on Bulldozer are still lacking, so it remains to be seen exactly how powerful this octacore gaming rig will be.

One thing that may excite some is AMD's growing array of HD3D partners.  HD3D, AMD's proprietary 3D technology works fully with the company's EyeFinity firmware, which supports up to six displays driven by a single graphics card.

AMD claims over 400 current and upcoming titles support the 3D gaming tech, including, Eidos Montreal's upcoming "Deus Ex: Human Revolution", Bioware's "Dragon Age II", Creative Assembly's "SHOGUN 2: Total War", and Codemasters' "DiRT 3."

Regardless of who comes out on top performance wise, it's refreshing to see a reinvigorated AMD challenging both Intel and NVIDIA in the CPU and GPU sectors.  A competitive market should push all three PC hardware makers to quicken the release of powerful new hardware that will delight PC gamers and enthusiasts -- few as they may be, these days.

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RE: Process technology ?
By fic2 on 6/7/2011 2:20:34 PM , Rating: 1
Wasn't Intel saying that their new 22nm process would provide Ivy with 20% speed improvement over Sandy? If I remember that correctly then AMD has to be at least equal to Sandy to have a prayer against Ivy.

RE: Process technology ?
By DandDAddict on 6/7/2011 2:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
Depends where that 20% comes from. If its raw clock speed increases vs efficiency im not to worried. If they refined it to get more out of it clock for clock like p4 vs core, then im worried.

RE: Process technology ?
By BSMonitor on 6/7/2011 3:40:47 PM , Rating: 2
Gaming wise the 990 is currently beaten by the 2600k. So whatever is replacing the 990 is most likely what it is targeted at and the current 2600k.

Check again, a 990 barely competes against a 2400 sandy bridge.

RE: Process technology ?
By DandDAddict on 6/7/2011 4:08:35 PM , Rating: 2
Assuming im reading what you said correctly......thats exactly what i said, that the 990 is already outclassed and irrelevant.

RE: Process technology ?
By darckhart on 6/7/2011 4:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
people buying 990x aren't doing it for gaming, so the whole point is moot. can't arbitrarily compare it with SB. therefore it's not irrelevant. besides benching crowns, if you need 6c/12t and lots of memory bandwidth, it's a very nice platform.

RE: Process technology ?
By DandDAddict on 6/7/2011 4:26:32 PM , Rating: 2
Its not an arbitrary comparision. I specified in gaming applications where it is beaten easily and for some reason people do buy 990s with gaming in mind.

Overall i agree with you , its awesome for what its intended for.

But anyway, the FX chips most likely wont be targeting the 990 which was the point of the response in the first place.

RE: Process technology ?
By Spoelie on 6/8/2011 3:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, bulldozer will probably be a better competitor to the 990x vs the 2600k. AMD emphasized throughput on this generation, not single thread performance. Likewise, the 990x is more throughput focused while the 2600k has better performance per thread.

Games tend to like the latter, business apps the former.

RE: Process technology ?
By borismkv on 6/8/2011 1:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
Name a game that requires the absolute max hardware to look good these days. I have a 975 with a GeForce 465GTX and I have yet to find a game that is unplayable on max graphics.

RE: Process technology ?
By Unspoken Thought on 6/10/2011 1:06:17 AM , Rating: 3
Witcher 2?

"Look good" is subjective. DX9-DX11, Anti-Aliasing 2x-16x, Multi-Sampling vs Supersampling, Anisotropic Filtering, Ambient Occlusion, Triple Buffering, Tessellation, Dynamic Lighting, Soft Shadows, Depth of Field, just to name a few, all add to the eye candy extravaganza. Let's not throw 3D rendering or multi-monitor setup's into the mix.

Having your minimums above 60FPS is a treat, regardless of resolution. Try keeping your minimums the same with all the aforementioned...? You won't need to turn the heater on during the winter.

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