AMD must be getting close to releasing their highly anticipated FX series of processors that are often called by their code name – Zambezi. These processors use AMD’s Bulldozer core architecture and feature up to 8-cores in the processor. While this is all fine and dandy it looks like the rumor that AMD was going to drop the Athlon and Phenom naming scheme is no longer a rumor. We contacted AMD to see if the box shots were real and the company declined to comment on unreleased products. We then asked 3rd party sources and they confirm the boxes are the real deal.
Here are the first box-shots of AMD’s upcoming series of high-end desktop processors, under the FX series, referred to as “Zambezi” by the company, internally. Zambezi is based on AMD’s newest Bulldozer architecture that improves instruction per clock-cycle (IPC), and packs the latest industry standard instruction sets. As stated in an older article, AMD will not assign a brand-name (such as Phenom or Athlon) to name its high-end desktop processors, but will instead refer to them as “FX” processors. To that extent, the processors will even feature a logo that resembles that of AMD Radeon to a very large extant. AMD designed two iterations of box-art each for its FX eight-core and FX quad-core processors, puictured below. The processors look to be shipping in cuboidal paperboard boxes, very much like AMD’s processors already do. The art looks very “energetic” and makes use of the AMD “arrow” motif pointing in the top-right direction. The background in each iteration is distinct, one shows splashes of red (eight-core) or orange (quad-core), the other shows flow of red/orange. It’s interesting to note that all boxes denote Black Edition with its unlocked bus multiplier feature, leading us to speculate that unlocked multiplier could be standard issue with FX series processors. Also shown is the second generation TurboCore technology support, and AMD’s claim to be selling the first eight-core processor [in the consumer market]. AMD’s FX processors will be released to market in June.