Advanced Micro Devices will officially start to sell its new-generation high-performance FX-series microprocessors based on Piledriver micro-architecture only in eleven days from now. But an unknown individual has already initiated an auction at Ebay in an attempt to sell an eight-core AMD FX-8350 chip with a liquid cooling solution.
A retail version of AMD FX-8350 eight-core processor Black Edition with liquid cooling is currently being auctioned at Ebay. The product is not a an engineering sample, but a normal retail version that will hit the market on October 23, 2012. At press time, the price of the item was $325, which should be only a little more expensive than the price of the same product with LCS in retail. Since the seller is from Austin, Texas, CPU World web-site suggested that he got the chip from AMD itself at the company's Fan Day event.
AMD FX-8350 central processing unit features eight cores (four Piledriver modules) clocked at 4.0GHz and which can dynamically overclock themselves to 4.20GHz frequency. The chip has 8MB of L2 cache (2MB per module), 8MB unified L3 cache, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and has unlocked multiplier to ease overclocking. The product is compatible with AM3+ mainboards that support 125W thermal design power.
AMD plans to formally unwrap its long-awaited performance chip code-named Vishera on the 23th of October , according to a source with knowledge of the company's plans. It is expected that at least four models of the new FX multi-core chips with Piledriver micro-architecture - FX-8350, FX-8320, FX-6300 and FX-4300 - will become available in almost exactly a month time. Official prices are unknown, but pre-order prices point to $130 - $250 price-range for retail versions.
AMD FX "Vishera" central processing units sport up to eight Piledriver (second-generation Bulldozer) x86 cores, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, 8MB L3 cache, Turbo Core 3.0 dynamic performance boosting technology, new instructions and other improvements. AMD expects Piledriver to offer 10% - 15% better x86 performance than Bulldozer. Piledriver x86 cores use a new resonant clock mesh technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor, which allows to cut power consumption by 10%, or boost clock-speed by 10% (compared to Bulldozer) without increase of TDP. The new AMD FX chips are compatible with AM3+ infrastructure as well as Scorpius platform featuring AMD 990FX core-logic sets.