In recent years, AMD has offered more cores for fewer dollars, but hasn't managed to make a dent in Intel's high-end crown. None of that changes today with the introduction of AMD's Bulldozer desktop processors. Today, AMD's launching four CPUs with the brand-new architecture, topping out at just $245 for the flagship 3.6GHz FX-8150 with eight processing cores. However, early reviews show that -- despite a new turbo mode that can boost the chip up to 600MHz -- AMD's silicon lags the competition in scenarios that don't take advantage of all that parallel processing horsepower. (It even loses to the Phenom II X6 hexacore predecessor in a few stray benchmarks.) In other words, AMD's not rocking the boat here, but that doesn't mean there isn't value to be had: the quad-core, 3.6GHz FX-4100 starts at only $115, cheaper than the cheapest Sandy Bridge-infused Core i3, and every one of these chips is fully unlocked for overclocking. We're just a little sad AMD's back to square one, rather than pulling an Athlon 64 again. Find some early reviews of the FX-8150 at our source links.