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Although the recently announced AMD FX-9000 series microprocessors are only 17% - 20% faster than their predecessors, they will cost considerably more than existing FX-8300 family central processing units. An online store has started to take orders on the new FX chips and their price appears to be similar to that of high-end desktop products from Intel Corp.: $500 - $1000. is currently taking orders on AMD FX-9370 and AMD FX-9590 microprocessors at $576 and $920, respectively. The regular eight-core AMD FX-series microprocessors cost from $150 to $195, hence, price-premium for 17% - 20% higher performance is more than significant. 

There are two extreme FX microprocessor models available: FX-9370 clocked at 4.40GHz with 4.70GHz maximum Turbo Core frequency as well as FX-9590 clocked at 4.70GHz with 5.00GHz maximum Turbo Core frequency. The new FX chips have eight Piledriver cores and come in AM3+ form-factor. The new processors have whopping 220W thermal design power. Given the fact that there are currently few mainboards that officially support chips with such high power consumption, the new chips are not drop-in compatible with existing infrastructure.

The rumours about code-named Centurion chips with ultra-high clock-speeds have been floating around for some time now. Originally, it was expected that limited edition FX chips will conquer 5.0GHz clock-speed 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. Moreover, Centurion was supposed to reach the frequency with air cooling and remain stable inside desktop PCs.

In reality, AMD managed to boost default clock-speed of Vishera eight-core processors to 4.70GHz, or by 17.5% compared to the FX-8350, the top-of-the-range chip available for end-users today. Moreover, the chips will be available to system makers only, which suggests that they need more sophisticated cooling systems than typically utilized by end-users.

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 17.5% clock-speed boost will hardly help much.

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. 

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


Comments currently: 17
Discussion started: 06/17/13 11:38:37 AM
Latest comment: 06/18/13 02:13:52 PM
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FX-9590 has only 17.5% higher base clock than FX-8350. Thats certainly not enough to match much cheaper i7 3930K in multi-threaded benchmarks.

Not to mention that ivy bridge-E is supposed to be out on Q3 2013
2 1 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 06/17/13 11:38:37 AM]
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Next gen consoles are all AMD and use 8 cores, I know what I'd rather be using for ported games, 8 core AMD will be more compatible than an Intel based CPU, next year it's a totally new ball game.
2 4 [Posted by: Mombasa69  | Date: 06/18/13 02:03:50 AM]
That doesn't mean it will run better on AMD processor on PC. What you said is based on speculations and assumptions, it is not based on any actual evidence or facts.

xbox one games on E3 were running on PC using intel CPU and nvidia GTX.

Alan Wake, mass effect 1, Trial Evolution, Gear of War 1 were all ports from 360, but yet those games don't show any adavnatge when using radeon card on PC.

1 1 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 06/18/13 06:30:25 AM]

waste of money for something to can do on an 8350 anyhow. seems rather pointless if that's all there is. I would have much rather have seen these chips have 12 cores and 12mb of cache then it night have been worth the upgrade fo the price they are asking for.
3 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 06/17/13 01:31:59 PM]
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Well for that price you can get a Optetron 6300 with 16 cores!
2 0 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 06/17/13 03:04:56 PM]
Since they are going in OEM first, no one is likely to overclock even a regular 8350 to make it like this one.

There will always be people who pay to have stuff done for them, try not to be quick to judge as you may find there are things you'll willing to pay to have done for you whether changing your oil or cutting your meat.
1 0 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 06/18/13 02:03:23 AM]

I never thought that Intel's over-priced CPUs were worth it and I don't think it's worth paying ~$600 and ~$900 for the FX-9xxx models. But for those who have too much money and a need to piss it away, go for it. Me I'll just keep running my FX-8350 @ 4.7 GHz. and be real happy that I saved $800.

It's silly to suggest that the 9xxx series should have 12 cores when they are just binned Vishera 8-core CPUs. There are a special "halo" model to piss Intel off because AMD beat Intel to the punch once again with the fastest clockspeed X86 consumer CPU - just as they did with the 1 GHz. Athlon.
5 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 06/17/13 01:50:11 PM]
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Yes, at the end of the day it's almost pure marketing. It doesn't make sense any other way.
3 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 06/17/13 05:28:23 PM]
May I ask what cooler you use to tame your FX beast?

Buying an FX-8350 makes a lot of sense now that we know that both new consoles are using 8 cores AMD cpu. We'll see a lot more games using these 8 core in the very near future.
0 1 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 06/18/13 06:36:32 AM]

A pentium 100 was faster than the 5x86 133 (Mine oc'd to 160), Athlon 1ghz is the same story, I would take my P3 700e cBo that hit 933 no problem. The only real victory I give AMD was the first dual core x64 procs they released. Those were bad ass. Phenoms were pretty good too, bang for buck. This new stuff with a 220TDP, price premium, and the fact these are binned procs leads me to believe they are back to the 'loser' tactics.
2 1 [Posted by: Benjamin Brooks  | Date: 06/17/13 03:23:42 PM]
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In my experience my Atlhon 650MHz was a smoother and faster experience than even 700MHz Pentium III's, they were close, but the Athlon had the edge IPC wise.
Athlon 64 was a definite victory, and their dual cores were awesome too. Phenom at first was a bit underwhelming thanks to the TLB bug, and not hitting the speeds it was supposed to, Phenom II was a great series, the Phenom II 965 is still a great processor.

As for 220W TDP, that's just for cooling design, and yeah these are premium OC'ed CPU's, so they will hold outrageous prices and TDP's.
1 1 [Posted by: Medallish  | Date: 06/18/13 12:26:57 AM]

It's normal. This chip is everything the marketing department wants. NOT the customer. The customer should only know that

AMD was the first at 5GHz
AMD has expensive chips like Intel

Also we will have another green line in cpu charts, this time closer to the top. We don't care how many will learn about it's price or read about it's TDP, we want them only to notice that green line and go and buy an FX.
2 1 [Posted by: john_gre  | Date: 06/17/13 04:10:18 PM]
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Couldn't said it better myself
2 0 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 06/17/13 11:44:23 PM]

I don't get all the whining, we're looking from the wrong perspective, this is how you're supposed to see it:
You buy a gamer PC, with a 5GHz!!?! 8Core !("#="# CPU, and QUAD SLI/CFX, 32GB DDR3 2133MHz Memory!=! All for the premium price of $$$$$$££££££££££€€€€€€€€€€€€

People won't look at a PC like that and ask: But what's the TDP of the CPU? At that speed they won't even ask how fast it is, it's self explanatory to people who don't know that much about it.
1 1 [Posted by: Medallish  | Date: 06/18/13 12:34:24 AM]

Is this retail price, but they wont be available for retailers. I dont understand this article. Youll only be able to buy them as part of Alienware or Dell or Lenovo PC.

0 0 [Posted by: kingpin  | Date: 06/18/13 02:16:36 AM]

AMD finally gets it!

& i do think that they can offer a lot in ARM space!
If they do take this seriusly they can make magic again, with costume design HSA unified memory controller gpu integration & GPU like optimized litography.
Bat time will tell if they are clever in of to devote to others CPU architectures!
0 1 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 06/18/13 02:40:13 AM]

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1 4 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 06/18/13 05:18:42 AM]
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1- The 5GHz part is just max turbo clock when not all cores are used

2- I'm not sure why are comparing it to intel 4c 8T when it cost $920
It will beat i7 4770 only in multi-threaded benchmarks. However, it will be slower than i7 3930K/4930K.
1 1 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 06/18/13 06:38:37 AM]

Alright, I already own an AMD CPU for gaming. Now that AMD is targeting the performance market, I'll most likely will buy AMD again.

It has been way too long since Intel hold the crown.
0 1 [Posted by: Vinh Xuan Lam  | Date: 06/18/13 02:13:52 PM]


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