AMD has reignited the silicon wars during this year’s E3, announcing the first commercially available processor to break the 5GHz barrier, the FX-9590. Is AMD closing the high performance gap with Intel?
The brand new FX-9590 is an evolutionary step for the FX family that brings a healthy speed bump over the previous generation FX-8350. Tweaking the silicon design and manufacturing process has allowed the Turbo Mode to jump from 4.2GHsz to the magic 5GHz mark. Base clock speed has also dramatically increased from 4Ghz to 4.7Ghz.
As with all FX processors the new silicon is fully unlocked for easy overclocking, something the new FX excels at. Early reports suggest water-cooling will see the latest FX scream past the 5.5GHz mark.