AMD Releases World’s First 5GHz Desktop Processor: FX-9590

Posted on June 11, 2013 1:47 PM by Rob Williams

Are you tired of the overclocking struggle to reach 5GHz stable on your CPU? If so, AMD’s latest Piledriver-based processor might be of interest: the FX-9590. Its true clock speed hasn’t been revealed, but it has the ability to turbo boost up to 5GHz, while another model, the FX-9370, can boost to 4.7GHz. At 5GHz, the FX-9590’s turbo goes 700MHz beyond any other Piledriver model, and 800MHz beyond the previous eight-core king-of-the-hill, the FX-8350.

AMD FX Processor

Make no mistake: AMD is targeting this beast at gamers, which is why it’s been announced at E3. AMD’s VP and GM of Client Products has said, “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.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, neither pricing nor release date information have been revealed. We wouldn’t expect it to take too long before these new models wind up at your favorite etailer, though.

  • Kougar

    5Ghz only at Turbo, which from the sound of it means users still won’t get it without the best of the best air coolers or very good watercoolers, 2x120mm size or better.

  • JD Kane

    Buddy of mine inspired me to think of this: He and I both hope this is not a Netburst-esque dead end for AMD.

    • Kougar

      Well, AMD has a core roadmap and the emphasis was on IPC and CPU+GPU synergy for the next several generations. Honestly AMD can’t go beyond 5Ghz, it’s a great marketing bullet point but clearly they will be focusing on something other than >5Ghz at this point. By contrast, Intel at first expected Tejas to eventually reach 10Ghz or a similarly absurd number…

      • Rob Williams

        It’s funny to think that Intel actually believed that… Intel, with all its R&D, didn’t see that roadblock coming.

        • Kougar

          Well, to be fair they did clock chips in its R&D lab up past 8Ghz. They also canceled Tejas at the same time Prescott launched, so they did see it coming. Just not quite early enough even so…

  • xOptix78

    I’m testing the Corsair H80i right now and it’s capable of keeping a 4.5Ghz Piledriver chip cooled, but 5Ghz? It’ll be close depending on the voltage.

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