AMD, General Annoucements

AMD drops new desktop CPUs at E3, breaking its own GHz record in the process

While Intel’s Haswell launch may well be setting the tone for PC hardware manufacturers, AMD wants to remind you that it still offers the only 8-core desktop CPUs in the industry. And after setting the GHz record last fall, they’ve bested themselves with today’s update.

AMD took to E3 to announce the two newest eight-core members of the FX family, the FX-9590 and FX-9370. Both feature AMD’s latest “Piledriver” modular architecture, while the former will run at 5 GHz in its max turbo mode (meaning that it can dial up its hertz-age under necessary conditions, as high as 5 GHz). The FX lineup has traditionally been a favorite of the gaming audience, and this update likely continues that trend, as both of these CPUs are “unlocked”–meaning it’s relatively easier for a hardware tinkerer to crank, tighten and tweak how the FX CPU behaves if you’re feeling brave enough to toy with it.

While today’s announcement focused on system integrator editions (aka the ones you’ll see OEMs like HP put into their stock systems this summer), I expect AMD to come back later this summer or early in the fall to introduce the full, updated FX component lineup for standalone purchase, and likely at a pretty affordable price. Full PR below.


AMD Unleashes First-Ever 5 GHz Processor

Enthusiasts get unbelievable PC performance with new AMD FX-9000 Series Processor


Los Angeles — E3 — June 11, 2013 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled its most powerful member of the legendary AMD FX family of CPUs, the world’s first commercially available 5 GHz CPU processor, the AMD FX-9590. These 8-core CPUs deliver new levels of gaming and multimedia performance for desktop enthusiasts. AMD FX-9000 Series CPUs will be available initially in PCs through system integrators.

“At E3 this week, AMD demonstrated why it is at the core of gaming,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD. “The new FX 5 GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra-high resolution experiences including AMD Eyefinity technology. This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world’s first commercially available 5 GHz processor.”

“AMD continues to push the envelope when it comes to desktop capabilities and power performance,” said Wallace Santos, CEO and founder of MAINGEAR. “In unveiling the world’s first 5 GHz 8-core CPU, AMD continues to lead the way in innovation while providing our customers with a best-in-class experience. We are thrilled to be part of this exciting launch.”

The new 5 GHz FX-9590 and 4.7 GHz FX-9370 feature the “Piledriver” architecture, are unlocked for easy overclocking and pave the way for enthusiasts to enjoy higher CPU speeds and related performance gains1. Additionally, these processors feature AMD Turbo Core 3.0 technology to dynamically optimize performance across CPU cores and enable maximum computing for the most intensive workloads.

AMD was the first to break the 1 GHz barrier in May of 2000 and continues to set the standard in technology innovation including the first Windows compatible 64-bit PC processor and the first native dual-core and quad-core processors. AMD also introduced the first APU (unifying CPU and Radeon™ graphics on the same chip) and the first x86 quad-core SoC, continuing forward with HSA architectures and programming models.

The new AMD FX CPUs will be available from system integrators globally beginning this summer. Two models will be available:

  • FX-9590: Eight “Piledriver” cores, 5 GHz Max Turbo
  • FX-9370: Eight “Piledriver” cores, 4.7 GHz Max Turbo