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Oct 5, 2011

AMD FX-8150 CPU Retail Packaging Pictured

While AMD still has more than a week to go until it launches its first FX-Series processors based on the high-performance Bulldozer architecture, pictures depicting an FX-8150 CPU inside its retail packaging have already made their way to the Web.

Just as AMD has said before, the CPU is packaged inside a metal box with a cut-out revealing the markings on the processor found inside.

Opening this metal can will reveal a cardboard box which actually holds the CPU as well as a case badge with the AMD Scorpio platform logo and the “Unlocked FX Processor” inscription.

AMD will use this packaging for all of its eight-core FX-Series processors, so the FX-8100 should also be retailed inside a similar metal box.

The FX-8150 is AMD's most powerful desktop processor based on the Bulldozer high-performance architecture as it includes four modules for a total of eight computing cores.

These are paired together with 8MB of Level 3 cache as well as with 8MB of L2 cache memory and the CPU also includes a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller supporting speeds up to 1866MHz.

AMD has set the base clock speed of the FX-8150 at 3.6GHz, but when a single core is used the Turbo Core technology can raise its operating frequency up to 4.2GHz.

According to a series of leaked slides from AMD's presentation for the FX-Series, the FX-8150 should be placed right between Intel's Core i7-2600K and Core i5-2500K in terms of application performance, while in gaming it should achieve the same results as an Intel Core i7-980X CPU.

The same slides revealed that the CPU will be priced at $245 US, or about 178 Euros, placing it right between the two unlocked Intel Sandy Bridge processors. The FX-8150 will be released on October 12. (via XtremeSystems)


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