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Advanced Micro Devices plans to significantly cut prices of its AMD FX-9000 “Centurion” microprocessors in a bid to make them more competitive against Intel Corp.’s Core i5 “Devil’s Canyon” and other chips from its rival. In addition, the company intends to slightly reduce prices of other FX-series chips and discontinue older and lower-end models.

Starting from September 1, 2014, AMD’s FX-9370 (eight cores, 4.40/4.70GHz, 8MB L2 cache, 8MB L3 cache, 220W thermal design power) will cost $199 when bought in mass quantities in trays, whereas the top-of-the-range FX-9590 (eight cores, 4.70/5.0GHz, 8MB L2 cache, 8MB L3 cache, 220W thermal design power) will be priced at $215 (tray version). The prices of the FX-9370 and the FX-9590 will be cut by 23% and 28%, respectively. Given the minimal difference between pricing of the FX-9370 and the FX-9590, it is unclear whether the former will actually be bought by performance enthusiasts.

In addition to cutting-down prices on the FX-9000-series products, AMD will also reduce pricing of “mainstream” FX-series chips slightly on the 1st of September. The move will make them somewhat more competitive, but will not improve their positions significantly.

Separately, AMD will either discontinue or will not change the price of many older AMD FX central processing units, including FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6200, FX-6100, FX-4170, FX-4130 and FX-4100.

Last year, in an attempt to respond to the launch of Intel’s code-named Haswell microprocessor, AMD released two “extreme” FX-class central processing units code-named “Centurion”, which are compatible with advanced AM3+ mainboards and require sophisticated cooling systems. Although initially the FX-9370 and the FX-9590 chips were only available to select system integrators at up to $800-$900 per unit, by now their prices got significantly lower.

Although earlier this year it was expected that AMD would introduce all-new AMD FX-9000-series “Centurion” microprocessors with increased clock-rates, it is now obvious that AMD only plans to cut their prices to make them look better against Intel’s Core i5-4690K “Devil’s Canyon” and some other microprocessors. The exact reasons for why AMD decided not to introduce higher-performance AMD FX chips is unclear, but it is logical to assume that the company just does not sell enough FX processors in order to afford binning of high-frequency parts.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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

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the fx 8370E seems like a good cpu with 95w rating
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 08/21/14 04:16:26 AM]
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For those looking to purchase an FX-9000 series CPU, be advised that there are only a handful of AM3+ mobos with a properly designed VRM circuit that can power these 220W CPUs without overheating. You will also need a high end tower cooler or liquid cooler to cool these properly.

Some reviewers unknowingly claimed that any of the AM3+ mobos could be used to run the FX-9000 series CPUs but you can not run them for more than a few minutes under heavy load before the std. AM3+ mobo VRM circuit overheats and the CPU frequency is throttled to 1.4 GHz. Thus you only want to use an FX-9000 series CPU in a mobo designed for and approved for the FX-9000 series CPUs or you're just throwing your money away.
2 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 08/21/14 01:02:56 PM]
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I would think that if a MFR drops in an AMD 9xx chipset that they would fail to overlook the CPU power supply >220 watts.

But you never know.
0 0 [Posted by: fdunn  | Date: 08/21/14 07:31:05 PM]
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Of course they overlook the details, just look at the inadequate PSUs and cheap Ram they install in OEM builds, anything to cut costs.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 08/24/14 04:13:08 AM]
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Most of the AM3+ mobos were designed and released for sale before the FX-9000 series CPUs were created. The FX-9000 series CPUs are just (factory) overclocked FX-8350 CPUs. None of the AM3+ mobos were really ever designed to deliver 220W to the CPU but some better mobo designs had just enough reserve capacity to make it. The Asrock 12+2 phase VRM designed mobos are some of the best mobos IME.

Many of the AM3+ mobos can not even properly power a 125W FX-8000 series CPU under 100% load without overheating the VRM circuit or without serious vcore droop. The later AM3+ mobos include Line Load Calibration (LLC), to try and maintain a steady vcore under the extreme demands of an 8-core FX CPU.
0 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 08/22/14 10:17:28 AM]
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220 Watts! Such a waste of energy. AMD should be sued. Their A10-7800 though is an efficiency champion.
0 0 [Posted by: jasmith007  | Date: 08/23/14 12:35:42 AM]
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The FX-9000 series is a FACTORY overclocked FX-8350 which starts out as a 125w CPU - which is very respectable for an 8-core 4 GHz. CPU. The power consumption always jumps significantly as you reach the end of the frequency range of a CPU design.
0 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 08/25/14 10:02:46 AM]
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Amd fx 8370 at 95W TDP could be entrance to fx 9370 sub 200W mark.
This could be nice news
0 0 [Posted by: kingpin  | Date: 08/23/14 08:37:19 AM]
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More likely the 8370E is just a cut back 8370, to reduce power consumption.
Now they need to limit boost on other chips as well and drop price.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 08/24/14 04:16:33 AM]
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