AMD FX 8350 'Zambezi' Expected in Late October

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 04 July 2012 09:22

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With the Trinity mobile APU released last spring, we've seen the power behind AMD's Piledriver platform. Although still based on a 32nm process, Piledriver brings lower power consumption, improved integrated graphics performance, and over-all better performance than the Bulldozer line of processors. We all knew Piledriver for desktops, "Zambezi," was coming, but no one new when until now. Production samples for the FX 8350, which will replace Bulldozer's FX 8150, should be around in August, and sources are saying that it will be launched publicly in late October.

The FX 8350 "Zambezi" brings quite a bit to the table. It's still AM3+ compatible, which is nice, and it will have a 125 W TDP. Its stock speed is up from the FX 8150 quite a bit, at 4.0-4.2(with turbo)GHz compared to 3.6-4.2GHz. It's an eight-core processor with 4 x 2MB L2 cache and 8MB L3 cache. Hopefully it doesn't flop like Bulldozer did, but we'll only be able to see that once the benchmarks are in.