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.
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AMD, the maker of much silicon chippery are preparing their response to Intel’s highly successful 3D transistor based Ivy Bridge CPU, the third generation Core CPU’s.
The Piledriver architecture is AMD’s new technology being brought to the battle. An upgrade to the Bulldozer architecture this is Bulldozer version 2. The new processors will be branded as FX Processors, collectively part of the Vishera microprocessor line-up.
Four new Piledriver models are to be released on October 23rd. The new top of the line processor will be the FX-8350, with eight cores running at 4 GHz, internally it includes 16GB L2+L3 cache, and will cost $253 USD. The slightly cheaper FX-8320 will have the same specs but with a lower clock speed of 3.5 Ghz and will cost $242 USD.
The Piledriver architecture will also appear in lower core count models, the FX-6300 six core CPU clocked at 3.5 Ghz and costing $175 USD while the FX-4300 four core CPU will be clocked at 3.8 Ghz and priced at $131 USD.
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