Over the weekend a number of product slides specifically comparing the AMD FX 8XXX (Bulldozer) CPU's against the Intel i7-980X and performance SandyBridge platform were leaked, and the ever leak-ravenous Turkish site Donanimhaber.com have dutifully posted them with their own analysis (in Turkish). In a series of (it has to be said) fairly selective benchmark suites generally known to favour multi-threaded CPUs, AMD touted the value of the FX-8150 over the 980X by claiming near-equal performance for $800 less price for an equivalent platform.
Furthermore, in a swipe at the i5 and i7 Sandybridge range AMD places an un-named FX CPU between the i5-2500k and i7-2600k in performance terms, handily beating the i5 and sometimes trading blows with the i7. Again, these are well threaded application benchmarks which should suit the 8-Core Bulldozers over the hyperthreaded 4-core SB's. Unfortunately no detailed system spec is provided in these slides, so even if legitamate they should be taken with a massive pinch of salt.
The general theme is one of superb value and overclocking credentials, an obvious play for the 'bang for your buck' market which AMD ceded somewhat with the introduction of Sandybridge earlier in the year. We'll be awaiting for the final word, rumoured to come in October with the official release of Bulldozer, and aim to provide it ourselves as soon as we can following that. You can view the hole gallery of slides at Donanimhaber.com