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Advanced Micro Devices and several e-tailers have quietly started to sell top-of-the-range FX-9370 and FX-9590 central processing units separately in North America. In addition, the company has teamed up with select vendors and now offers highly-discounted bundles featuring its high-performance eight-core microprocessors as well as mainboards, coolers and memory.

Unveiled earlier this year as exclusive microprocessors for high-performance systems only available inside custom-built PCs from companies like iBuyPower, Maingear, Origin PC and the like, AMD FX-9000-series code-named “Centurion” quickly became available as standalone chips in Europe. In the recent days the processors emerged in leading North America-based online stores like Amazon, Newegg, NCIX and TigerDirect both as discrete products as well as inside reasonably priced bundles.

At present, online stores in the U.S. and Canada offer eight-core AMD FX-9370 (4.40GHz clock-rate, 4.7GHz maximum Turbo Core speed, 16MB cache, 220W TDP) in tray or retail bundle for $249 - $299. The higher-performing eight-core AMD FX-9590 microprocessor (4.70GHz clock-rate, 5.0GHz maximum Turbo Core speed, 16MB cache, 220W TDP) are not that affordable, but also available separately for $399, $699, or more.

While this may be a speculation, but it looks like AMD is about to release FX-9000-series microprocessors into the wild officially in the coming weeks. The most likely recommended prices will be $249 for FX-9370 and $399 for FX-9590.

Since AMD FX “Centurion” chips are not compatible with all AM3+ mainboards and cooling systems due to 220W thermal design power, for many users it makes more sense to get a set consisting not only of the microprocessor itself, but also of a mainboard, cooling system and, perhaps, high-speed memory modules.

Newegg, a leading online store, offers numerous reasonably priced bundles with AMD FX-9000-series chips. For example, a bundle featuring AMD FX-9590 processor, Asus Sabertooth 990FX mainboard, G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 (2*4GB) memory and Corsair Hydro H60 cooler can be bought for $589.99. Another bundle featuring AMD FX-9590 processor, Asrock 990FX Extreme9 motherboard, Corsair Hydro H60 cooler and HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB graphics card can be obtained for $794.99.

The relative affordability of AMD FX-9000 “Centurion” microprocessors can be explained by two factors. 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 since they just cannot compete in $600 - $1000 segment. The yields of chips produced using 32nm SOI process technology at GlobalFoundries are finally high-enough and AMD can afford selling the Centurion chips for $249 - $399 at a profit.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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


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Discussion started: 09/28/13 05:21:34 AM
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The yields of chips produced using 32nm SOI process technology at GlobalFoundries are finally high-enough and AMD can afford selling the Centurion chips for $249 - $399 at a profit.

These are just cherry picked FX-8350. It has always been possible to sell them at $249 - $399. In fact the entire FX lineup all started out FX-8350, then through various QA (aka chip harvesting) defective chips were either clocked lower or re-branded as FX-43xx and FX-63xx. This is really no different than Phenom II X4 and X6.

FX-4300 has the same die size FX-8350. All 8 cores are there on FX-4300, AMD just lasered/disabled 4 of them.
3 2 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 09/28/13 05:21:34 AM]

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1 5 [Posted by: Aaron Gallagher  | Date: 09/28/13 05:43:33 AM]
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2 1 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 09/28/13 05:50:26 AM]
All that we already know without being rocket scientist recalculating khm reading this pdiddys news ... FX-x300 series is second generation BD and number prefix means ""cores" So according to that nomenclature this is just a BD gen.2 with 9-cores :roflmao:
1 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 09/28/13 11:52:15 PM]

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2 6 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 09/28/13 06:05:09 AM]
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The FX-9000 series CPUs are Vishera based. All CPU/APU models from a given series start out as the same CPU/APU. They are speed binned after testing and their default clockspeed and vcore fixed. Thus the FX-9000 models are just golden CPUs that will OC higher than other chips from the batch.

Hello Joker: APUs ARE NOT FX-branded CPUS
#2 Vishera are just marketing brand name for whole plaform based on Piledraver microarchitecture CPU (or BD rev.2 CPU if you like it that way)

We should start Stop FUD-fuzz campaign with all that branding used in one big sentence

The FX-9000 series is a halo product meant for entertainment purposes not as a mainstream CPU series. That however does not mean that the AM3+ socket mobos are dead just yet.

Totally AM3+ is stillborn platform after AMD firstly announced AM3 full compatibility with future BD (marketing trick) and then reiterate whole mobo lineup just because they allowed oriinal AM3 mobos being only DDR3 compatible with their older Phenom. And AMD laying same reaping game on 10% market segment they hold thinking they could play dirty just like Intel. Its interesting how noone directly shows how much market did AMD lost in totall and how much actually AM3+ platforms with FX8 really holds.

And now AMD think that some fool would entertain itself with this mystiqueware product branded under ""NINE-CORE-TO HEAVEN"" FX-9000 series. And try sell those to WHOM? Maybe few people for bragging right just because they cannot afford few notches better intel product. Should we applaud those bubble engineers for their marketing eniousity? While they're just throwing dust in consumers eyes as AMD wont deliver nothing new this year. Or they do that for shareholders and AMD Novermber Slideware to be fulfilled?
1 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 09/28/13 11:57:01 PM]
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1 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/29/13 04:04:50 PM]
"AMD wont deliver nothing new this year"

You do realise that means they will deliver something new this year don't you?
Double negatives negate themselves to mean the opposite of what is written.
1 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 10/01/13 09:08:53 AM]

yeah I have a custom loop and im at 5.1ghz. definately glad I dropped money on liquid cooling over 9000 series lol. I like amd but that price has to go down more before it makes sense
2 1 [Posted by: Aaron Gallagher  | Date: 09/28/13 08:31:22 PM]
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It's not the price that doesn't make sense. It is the power draw. I really hope I don't see anything like this from AMD in the future - it's environmentally irresponsible and an unnecessary product.
3 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/28/13 09:30:48 PM]
For once i agree with you on something.
But also the price didn't make sense so that is why they have done this massive price cut.

That processor is pretty much a waste of time for everybody who is a rational person.
That thing is a nuclear reactor and i can imagine the power consumption and heat it produces once its clocked.
1 1 [Posted by: AvoNpS2  | Date: 09/30/13 01:10:25 PM]

They must be joking with those prices.
1 1 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 09/29/13 01:55:44 PM]
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1 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/29/13 04:08:14 PM]

They should have lowered or at least retained the TDP of their previous chips.
2 2 [Posted by: Tin Jiu Tze  | Date: 09/29/13 07:04:18 PM]
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No, what they need to do is go back to the drawing board.
3 1 [Posted by: AvoNpS2  | Date: 09/30/13 01:31:30 PM]
Well, get Kaveri out!
0 0 [Posted by: mikato  | Date: 10/02/13 06:40:59 PM]


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