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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched a new quad core CPU in its 4100 series which employs Zambezi silicon utilized in the older generations. The chip is called FX-4130. According to reports, the CPU comes in the range of current generation FX-series of CPUs that are Piledriver-based, code-named Vishera. The name of the CPU gives no indication as to the technology used for the development of the cores.
Since the CPU is a quad core one, two Piledriver modules will be found inside the CPU. Unlike A-Series Llano or Trinity, FX-4130 being a Vishera/Bulldozer chip does not incorporate integrated graphics. However, the company intended the CPU to be made in this manner.
The A-Series and other APUs are intended for those systems which do not have add-in video boards while the Vishera chip is targeted at PCs having better graphics. In such PCs, gamers will run well at minimal costs of acquisition.
The new processor has been clocked at 2.8 GHz with 3.90 GHz Turbo Core, L3 cache of 4 MB and each Piledriver module being equipped with 2 MB cache memory amounting to a total of 4 MB. In spite of these admirable features, the CPU is priced same as that of Intel Core i3-2100. The price-performance balance offered by the new processor from AMD seems to be the selling point rather than the provision of raw power.
FX-4130 is less noisy than the other alternatives available and its instruction set includes some instructions absent in the comparably priced Intel CPUs such as SSE4.2, XOP, AVX, FMA etc. FX-4130 replaces the FX-4100 and is 3-9% faster than FX-4100 due to the flexibility of the Piledriver allowing it to be overclocked better.