AMD's new architecture has been in the works for a very long time. Development of the highly-anticipated Bulldozer chip has been delayed in favor of AMD's new pet project, the E-series and A-series lines of Accelerated Processing Unit (APU).
In August, we were invited to AMD's FX launch event in Austin, TX, where AMD unveiled their Bulldozer lineup. The desktop line, called Zambezi, will feature seven processors, each at different price points and frequencies. The top three processors, the FX-8100, FX-8120, and FX-8150, all come with a whopping eight cores in modular design. Each module consists of two cores. The 8-core models also have 8MB of L2 and L3 cache. The frequencies for each processor vary, with the FX-8150 starting at 3.6GHz, and going up to 4.2GHz with max turbo enabled. The FX-8120 goes from 3.1GHz to 4GHz, and the FX-8100 goes from 2.8GHz to 3.1GHz. Note that with frequency and voltage adjustments, the chips can go higher.