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Advanced Micro Devices has once again cut prices of its top-of-the-range AMD FX-9000-series microprocessors. While in the U.S. AMD continues to sell its FX-9370 and FX-9590 to system integrators only, in Europe the latest central processing units from the company are available in retail in box and tray versions. At present, pricing of those products is comparable to that of Intel Core i7 in LGA1155 or LGA1150 form-factors., one of the most popular price search engines in Europe, lists a number of stores that sell eight-core AMD FX-9370 (4.40GHz clock-rate, 4.7GHz maximum Turbo Core speed, 16MB cache, 220W TDP) microprocessor for €200 - €270 ($270 - $365). The same price search engine indicates that eight-core AMD FX-9590 microprocessor (4.70GHz clock-rate, 5.0GHz maximum Turbo Core speed, 16MB cache, 220W TDP) for €270 - €300 ($365 - $405). Tray versions of Intel Core i7-4770K microprocessor currently starts at €285 ($385) in Europe.

Just a month ago AMD FX-9590 only available in the UK for around £299 ($466.79). Nowadays the high-performance AMD chips aimed at enthusiasts are available in all European countries and at relatively low price. As a result, the AMD FX-9000 central processing units are no longer positioned as competitors for Intel’s high-end desktop (HEDT) platform based on Intel Core i7-4800/4900-sequence “Ivy Bridge-E” chips.

AMD FX-9590 microprocessor based on Vishera design is only 17.5% faster compared to the FX-8350, the top-of-the-range chip available for end-users today. Meanwhile, it costs dramatically higher than a "typical" eight-core AMD FX offering.

AMD’s current retail top-of-the-range eight-core FX-8350 microprocessor is clocked at 4.0GHz and in terms of performance is usually 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. Therefore, positioning AMD FX-9590 against Core i7 Extreme series hardly made any sense and it was generally more logical for AMD to compete against Core i7-4770K, not against Extreme family of products from its mighty rival.

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


Comments currently: 19
Discussion started: 09/25/13 08:25:04 PM
Latest comment: 09/27/13 03:38:20 PM
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There's nothing mighty about cheating in business. But still fanboys and unethical investors keep wanting to feel the Intel inside.... the mighty Intel makes them feel mighty real.
11 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/25/13 08:25:04 PM]
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3 9 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 09/25/13 09:16:45 PM]
How are they lying about having 8 cores? Because they share a double width FPU? Old Intel CPUs didn't even have an FPU.
4 5 [Posted by: Henry Young  | Date: 09/26/13 03:47:10 AM]
Intel chips have had FPUs built in since the first pentium days. Two cores sharing instruction fetch and fpu is actually worse than hyperthreading, simply because they have the nerve to call it anything other than the hyperthreading it is.
1 2 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 09/26/13 11:35:25 AM]
Considering 99% of the applications that can use 8 cores need their own FPU, yes.
1 2 [Posted by: daneren2005  | Date: 09/26/13 08:53:38 PM]

Pricing on extreme CPU/GPU products is for those with more hormones than good judgment. That being said some folks are more than willing to spend Mommy's money to buy these toys. Value is all in the eye of the beer holder.

BTW, people don't buy FX-9000 series CPUs to compete with InHell crap. They buy FX-9000 series CPUs because they are voting with their wallet AGAINST the criminal behavior of InHell - for which InHell has been convicted on three continents - in addition to being convicted of U.S. tax fraud multiple times.
9 4 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 09/25/13 09:24:44 PM]

It makes me wonder why a discussion about AMD CPU can turn into Intel bashing rage. It seems some AMD fanboys will make use of any opportunity to bash Intel nonstop.

Anyway, this article demonstrates one thing, people buy whichever CPU performs the best in given budget. Since FX-9xxx is nowhere close to Intel HEDT, people don't buy FX. Naturally AMD would want to slash prices to make it sell again. Those who do buy because of brand loyalty are few among many.

Oh, and Intel HEDT is not for average consumer. Nobody will buy LGA2011 or Haswell-E to do gaming only (maybe if you do 3x CF/SLI). People buy Intel HEDT to do number crunching, 3D rendering, etc, all of which easily pay itself back.

If AMD do release a CPU that has no comparable competitor, it'll be priced very high too. Remember FX-57 and FX-60, priced around $800 to $1,000? Back then FX-57 and FX-60 weren't meant for average consumer too.
2 0 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 09/25/13 10:02:05 PM]

This Product will really burn a your hole in your pocket, you need Excellent Heatsink just to dissipate that 220 Watts heat

Note: Youll be surprise when you bought that AMD FX9590.

But its cheaper now.
0 0 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 09/26/13 05:52:18 AM]
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This CPU has the dual function of being an implement to brand Intel fanboys on their precious butts with the AMD logo. That's what the X stands for in FX.
7 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/26/13 04:41:34 PM]
You do realize that very few people buy something because of brand loyalty right? Again, FX-9xxx didn't sell in the first place because it cannot compete against Intel HEDT.
1 1 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 09/27/13 05:12:42 AM]


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