by Anton Shilov
09/27/2013 | 11:07 PM
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.