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Although the first rumours about Advanced Micro Devices’ FX processors with extreme clock-speeds did not seem really credible, it looks like there are rather clear plans to either make such chips in volume, or at least encourage end-users to push clock-rates of the enthusiast-class microprocessors to 5GHz and beyond. A Gigabyte mainboard exposed at Computex Taipei 2013 is said to support “new” AMD FX chips with 5GHz+ frequency.

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 mainboard currently demonstrated at Computex trade-show supports “AMD next-generation of AM3+ 5GHz FX-series microprocessors”. The motherboard also boasts 8+2 phase CPU VRM power design for AMD “high-TDP CPU support”, reports SweClockers web-site. Just like all the other high-end mainboards, this one clearly supports overclocking of AMD FX central processing units, including overclocking beyond 5GHz. However, given rather strong rumours about AMD’s code-named Centurion product with extreme default clock-speed, it looks like the mainboard does support something extraordinary.

AMD is preparing a release of a new code-named “Centurion” limited edition FX chip that will conquer 5.0GHz clock-speed, presumably with all of its eight cores, and will therefore will be competitive against Intel’s Core i7 high-end desktop (HEDT) products in LGA2011 packaging, according to previously released information. While the 5GHz clock-speed is not a problem even for current AMD FX-8350, the Centurion is supposed to reach the frequency with air cooling and remain stable inside desktop PCs. The code-named Centurion chip is expected to be priced at $795, which is two times higher than the price of the most powerful Intel Core i7 microprocessors in LGA1155 or LGA1150 form-factors and clearly puts the AMD FX against Intel’s HEDT lineup in LGA2011 packaging.

AMD’s ability to develop a chip with 5GHz default clock-rate is relatively limited given the fact that thermal design power increases pretty rapidly after certain frequencies during overclocking. Nonetheless, AMD could relatively easily boost clock-speeds of Richland by 8% over Trinity, therefore, the company does have reserves for improving clock-rates of its products. Will AMD be able to improve frequency of a quad-core FX “Vishera” chip by 25% remains under a big question mark, but maybe some specially binned products could achieve such frequency with decent TDP.

AMD’s current top-of-the-range eight-core FX-8350 microprocessor is clocked at 4.0GHz and in terms of performance is typically behind Intel Core i7-3770K and Core i7-4770K (4 cores with HT, LGA1155) as well as Core i7-3970X (6 cores with HT, LGA2011). While in video games its performance can easily be improved by overclocking, in applications where performance difference equals or exceeds 50%, a 20% clock-speed boost will hardly help much.

Nonetheless, it is absolutely possible that AMD might release a limited edition Centurion chip for its fans. Such AMD FX central processing unit should offer high performance, further overclockability potential and, most importantly, attract attention to the brand in general and FX chips in particular. Several years ago AMD already offered so-called TWKR chips, which were available in quantity of less than 100 units worldwide, but which attracted loads of attention to Phenom II processors in mid-2009.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, FX, Vishera, Piledriver, 32nm

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unless their Centurion comes with 12 cores and 14mb of cache then it will be hardly worth spending 800 bucks for something that's just an air cooled 5ghz cpu that you can do the same with an fx 8350 for less then 200 dollars.
5 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 06/06/13 03:05:47 PM]
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I agree SteelCity. They need to bring out a whopper, not a double cheeseburger, with max TDP 140 watts. Overall I don't disagree with this strategy of creating a "halo" product, even if it's hundreds of dollars. The legend will filter down to other products. If AMD is repositioning itself as #1 supplier of gaming hardware then, it needs a beast.

Meanwhile, Lisa Su has unveiled Kaveri APU and confirmed that it's already shipping to OEMs for sampling and will see a Q4 release. It will fit into FM2+ socket that will also be backward compatible with Richland and Trinity.

Quote report: "AMD demonstrated their Kaveri APU which is labelled as a 1 TFlops+ APU by the Corporate Vice president of AMD “John Taylor” in Capcom’s Devil May Cry in which the APU delivering lag free gaming performance and is just a demonstration of the performance that’s about to come with their fourth generation APU".

Read more - http://wccftech.com/amd-d...-showcased/#ixzz2VWpphJWY

Video report - http://www.youtube.com/wa...mbedded&v=zHPnDvubjfo
2 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 06/06/13 09:36:41 PM]
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that's good then that the fm2+ socket will support trinity and richland apu's
2 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 06/07/13 04:07:39 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:36:29 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:36:41 AM]
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Actually it has been confirmed that AMD will release an FX-9000 CPU with a 4.8 GHz. base and 5.0 GHz. turbo mode. This is a limited edition CPU for overclockers. It's just a fun deal for those who like to tweak their PC hardware. It's not purported to be anything it's not, which is an 8-core Vishera based FX processor.

It's possible that any of the highend AM3+ mobos from Asrock, Asus and Gigabyte may have a sufficient VRM circuit to run the high power FX-9000 without issue. We won't know for sure until they are tested but I and many others are able to boot FX-8350's on these mobos and not have issues with the VRM circuit.
4 4 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 06/06/13 03:40:38 PM]
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AMD bumping more clocks into their processor is making AMD be a clown. Clocks may win in early days of computing, but not anymore. Did AMD actually taught the computer industry that is not the clocks that matter, but how many instructions per cycle. If AMD did, then they are getting their ass kicked by karma.

5 GHz and no way to compete against Intel. What a joke.
4 1 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 06/06/13 08:06:41 PM]
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Its all they can do until they get a new architecture out which eliminates the current bottlenecks.
0 1 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 06/07/13 08:55:16 AM]
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If you want to talk about clocks, then you have to talk about IPC and how much is the pipeline "sliced".
If you want to talk about the pipeline or the IPC then you have to mention clock speed as well.
5 GHz have been way longer than you imagine in the market. The best example is the IBM z196 cpu, which is a BEAST compared to what x86 companies give, and above all very expensive.
The story behind 5 GHz is that the bulldozer/pile-driver/e.t.c. micro-architectures have a pipeline design that is similar to IBM's cpus. 2-3 years ago there were news about AMD and IBM working together on the pipeline of the new architecture.
Intel has a different way of making things nowadays atleast, because after netburst and up to pentium D it was the one that was "slicing the pipeline to achieve higher clock speeds to compete with AMD.
5 GHz or 4 GHz or even .9 GHz might mean something for a fool but it means nothing for someone who knows what micro-architectures and pipeline affect those speeds.
Average people like you and other fanboys/haters/ or just stupid people with internet annoy others with stupid posts.
P.S. We are currently working with an experimental arm server cpu here at CERN that happens to be very competitive against what intel offers here.
0 1 [Posted by: Yorgos  | Date: 06/08/13 07:49:33 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:36:55 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:37:13 AM]
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I think this CPU should be limited to OEM-only, it might see more success. I don't think it will overclock well and it will be seen as a failure from that perspective and interfere with their marketing campaigns. If OEM-only, potential can be controlled by vendors for an extra premium without embarrassing AMD.

Among those that don't overclock and aren't loyal to either brand (which is just about everyone that don't visit websites like this), if AMD at a higher stock is able to beat Intel at stock for the money; whoop-dee do, that is all they need to know. Right now above $350, there is no AMD option to fill the gaps in Intel's X79 portfolio.

The question is whether an AMD at 5GHz can beat 3930K/3970X at stock in lesser-threaded apps like games, since they are the closest competitors for the price. Gap filler, AMD has to get in between for the price.

Except, I've haven't seen a review lately where an overclocked AMD was compared to a stock Intel for nothing but giggles. If they end up close, then 3930K is cheaper since anyone that can afford 3970X may not take AMD seriously. So I wish AMD the best of luck.
4 0 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 06/06/13 05:37:43 PM]
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And we're to see IV-E on LGA2011 with a new chipset as soon as September. AMD's constantly turning out too little, too late.
3 1 [Posted by: juusu101  | Date: 06/07/13 07:52:04 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:37:38 AM]
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with no fanboy feelings-
AMD FX 8 core Centurion 5Ghz-looks nice on paper, according to calculation it will have 320GFlops of raw compute power ,much higher than i7-4770k but this doesn't mens this FX can beat i7 4770k why-

1. Huswell i7 4770k has even more faster cache memory than ivy-bridge hitting around 900+Gb/sec in L1 cache similarly L2,L3 is much faster than AMD's cache speed.
2.intel core haswell have much higher IPC than AMD FX.
3.whole ecosystem is tuned for intel core processors while it is very hard to find any popular software or game which is designed for 8 cores.
4.One of the more intriguing new technologies built into Haswell is another set of ISA extensions known as TSX, an enabler for hardware transactional memory. TSX has the potential to ease the development of highly multithreaded applications

Haswell i7-4770k will be priced much lower than this 5Ghz beast and will give much better performance in lower TDP.

i have some data which we got from testing a FX-8350-
1.in general softwares FX-8350@4.8 ghz gives around 10-12% better performance than 4.0ghz.
2. in photo editing like softwares FX-8350@ 4.8 ghz gives around 14-20% better performance than 4.0ghz.
3.i gaming FX-8350@ 4.8 ghz is around 20-25% faster than 4.0 ghz.
but intel Haswell i7-4770k is 40-50% faster than stocked FX-8350.
this FX is surely for AMD fans
if u r not agreed with my data u can check on ur own frnds...
AMD's upcoming steamroller is going to face very hard competition from intel.
AMD's best hope should be APU not CPU since APU is the future.
10 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 06/06/13 11:03:59 PM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:37:59 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:38:35 AM]
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I like AMD but this is a wrong direction, hopefully this is just a CPU to state that they have the highest clocks in book of genius and move on
4 1 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 06/07/13 02:31:26 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:38:20 AM]
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agreed
0 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/07/13 02:38:54 AM]
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It's funny to read the hate from the Intel A$$clowns. They must really be concerned that AMD continues to deliver good products at fair prices unlike Intel who exploits the gullible.

Anyone with a clue would know that AMDs CPUs are running at higher clocks than Intel's and when Kaveri and Steamroller desktop show they will bring even more clockspeed and IPC to the party, not to mention incredible GPU performance from Kaveri. AMD's APUs are literally changing the face of PC computing forever and that's a good thing.

Intel is scrambling trying to catch up on APUs but AMD is years ahead and winning new contracts weekly. The Xbox, PS and Wii are perfect examples of AMD winning very lucrative contracts that nether Intel nor Nvidia could get because neither has a comeptitive product to AMDs. Hating doesn't change this reality.

The A$$clowns can hate all they want while those in the know continue to purchase the products that deliver the best performance and value which are AMD. Only a fool would pay Intel's prices when for the same price AMD delivers more for less with Intel.
2 4 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 06/07/13 06:46:29 AM]
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agreed
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