AMD Bulldozer FX CPUs dated: October 12th. Shhh.

Subject: General Tech, Motherboards, Processors | October 1, 2011 - 01:55 AM |
Tagged: FX, bulldozer, amd, am3+

AMD has not been too well received in the upper end of CPUs for quite some time now. Once Intel started pushing for performance with their Conroe core, AMD was forced to stay competitive in the mainstream market to survive and that is pretty much where we have been for the last 5 years. Also returning after a nearly 5-year hiatus is the FX moniker for AMD’s flagship products. According to leak(s) from Microcenter that floated past our desks we should see a resurgence of at least one of those two on October 12th, 2011:

"AMD is launching their new AM3+ FX series processors on 10/12/11. We currently have a number of AM3+ compatible motherboards in stock. These motherboards will support the new AM3+ FX processors as well as legacy AM3 processors."

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Personally, I would shy away from the words "Bull" and "Dozer" in my product line.

Also from the memo we learned that the new AM3+ FX SKUs that will launch includes: FX-6100, FX-8120, and the FX-8150. The 6000-series parts constitute 6-core processors where the 8000-series parts constitute 8-core parts. To support those processors we shall see three Gigabyte motherboards, four ASUS motherboards, and four ASRock motherboards. Update Oct 1 @ 2pm: There may be more motherboards at launch but since this is a Microcenter leak it only considers their stock.

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
ASRock 990FX Extreme4
ASRock 890FX Deluxe 5
ASRock 880G PRO 3*
ASRock 890GX PRO 3*


Each of these motherboards will require a BIOS update to be serviceable though the leak suggests that the update would be performed by Microcenter themselves. If for some reason you have the board on your own you will need an older AM3 processor to perform the update. Also, the last two ASRock motherboards (asterixed) do not yet have a BIOS update for AM3+. AMD is expected to post an official blog about the topic on October 3rd at

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October 1, 2011 | 02:35 AM - Posted by Devil 2 U

I was literally just scouring the internets for this information. Great timing, thanks!

October 1, 2011 | 02:52 AM - Posted by Cam (not verified)

found a oc video for this chip.

October 1, 2011 | 03:14 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Ryan put together a video in an earlier post of the same event. The chip in question was an 8150, the highest of the three being released.

October 1, 2011 | 05:13 AM - Posted by Daniel (not verified)

Interested to see how these CPU's do. And this probably mean a Intel price drop too right?

October 1, 2011 | 09:17 AM - Posted by JSL

maybe december or Jan when Ivy Bridge is just about to be released.

October 1, 2011 | 09:41 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Doubtful. Perhaps you were referring to Intel's Sandy Bridge Extreme (11-14-2011)? Ivy Bridge isn't due till March/April 2012 and will initially only be supported on LGA1155. That's not to say Ivy won't make its way to LGA2011; It's just that Intel's roadmap only confirms Ivy for LGA1155 at this time.

October 1, 2011 | 10:04 AM - Posted by drbaltazar (not verified)

wow ty pcper crew for this insider!great info!

October 1, 2011 | 12:22 PM - Posted by oldbrave (not verified)

You kinda overlooked the Crosshair V MB from ASUS in the AM3+ list. :)

October 1, 2011 | 01:19 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

The product list was from the leak so it's localized to Microcenter stock only -- it was for their employees to prepare for AMD's launch.

October 1, 2011 | 01:51 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Might be worth making note of that in the story I guess Scott.

October 1, 2011 | 07:30 PM - Posted by deepoms (not verified)

Reading the article states those boards are AM3 and need to be upgraded. The RoG Crosshair board is AM3+ and does not need the BIOS upgrade therefore it does not belong in that list.

October 2, 2011 | 03:07 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Unfortunately I cannot confirm whether or not I misread the leaked email as I deleted the leaked email shortly after publishing the news post (data retention policy). So I cannot say whether this is wrong, the leak was wrong, or I read the leak wrong.

October 2, 2011 | 10:07 PM - Posted by Mayford5 (not verified)

Actually all of those boards will support the new cpus. In fact the Gigabyte boards and the Asus Sabertooth are AM3+ so they are natively supporting the FX. The Others I am not quite sure about but if it is a 9XX series board it should be AM3+. The 8XX boards should be able to support it with an updated bios.

October 1, 2011 | 09:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The ASUS Sabertooth 990FX is already AM3+, is it going to need a BIOS update?

October 2, 2011 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

"If for some reason you have the board on your own you will need an older AM3 processor to perform the update" Hmmm..... I'd hate to be the guy trying to update his bios but has no old processor to do it with ....

October 2, 2011 | 11:19 AM - Posted by Tesla1776 (not verified)

"Personally, I would shy away from the words "Bull" and "Dozer" in my product line."

I thought is was amusing when my daughter said exactly the same thing!...of course she is twelve.

October 2, 2011 | 09:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

pretty sure the 990fx chipset wont require a bios update but the 800 series chipsets ones will.

October 2, 2011 | 09:26 PM - Posted by DizConnected (not verified)

Interesting that Oct. 12th is also the last day to enter the FX giveaway contest.

October 4, 2011 | 04:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Pretty stupid of AMD, now they bring out the bulldozers in the first quarter of the new Intel come i3, i5, i7 are still faster than the current, while consuming 10% less electricity.

P.S. .06.2012-.07.2012 is the successor of the bulldozers appear, but this will not be compatible with the AM3 +.

October 6, 2011 | 09:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah.....AMD should just curl up and die....right?
How many times has Intel played the socket game? Huh, huh?
You're a f**king dildo, Anonymous. Oh wait, that's me too!

October 9, 2011 | 01:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

anyone know where I can preorder the new chip? Since a lot of people are waiting for the release, it would suck if they sold out before I got one.

October 10, 2011 | 06:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Pre-order... LOL there is going to be a line TO PRE-ORDER.

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