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AMD Updates FX Processor Lineup, Adds Two Energy Efficient Models

Posted on September 2, 2014 2:00 PM by Rob Williams
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The Tonga-based Radeon R9 285 graphics card isn’t the only thing AMD had in store for today; it’s also unveiled a couple of new FX processor SKUs, in addition to some updated pricing.

Unlike most processor launches, this one was a bit interesting because AMD gave us example systems of where certain models would fit in best. Take for example the FX-9590, the company’s 4.7GHz (5.0GHz burst) processor, which is now priced at $226. AMD says that this chip is best used in a gaming PC that costs around $1,500. Other components would include a 990FX motherboard (of course), a Radeon R9 290X, an R7 SSD and a 2TB hard drive, 16GB of DDR3-2133 memory, and an 800W power supply.

For a $1100 gaming PC, the new FX-8370 is recomended. Other specs for this rig include a 990FX or 990X motherboard, a Radeon R9 285, an R7 SSD and a 2TB hard drive, 16GB of DDR3-1866 memory, and a 650W power supply.

AMD FX Black Edition Processor Box Art

To settle at $226, the FX-9590 dropped $86. The FX-9370 likewise saw a drop, but of just $20. Either of these two CPUs can be purchased alongside AMD’s liquid CPU cooler for an additional ~$63.

Clock Max Clock Cores TDP DDR3 Price Change
FX-9590 4.7GHz 5.0GHz 8 220W DDR3 $226 -$86
FX-9370 4.3GHz 4.7GHz 8 220W DDR3 $210 -$20
FX-8370 4.0GHz 4.3GHz 8 125W DDR3 $199 New
FX-8370E 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 8 95W DDR3 $199 New
FX-8350 4.0GHz 4.2GHz 8 125W DDR3 $178 -$19
FX-8320 3.5GHz 4.0GHz 8 125W DDR3 $147 -$11
FX-8320E 3.2GHz 4.0GHz 8 95W DDR3 $147 New

The new SKUs are FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E. As you might guess, “E” in those respective models refers to energy-efficiency, something that their rated TDPs back up.

There’s really not to much to say about these models or the adjusted lineup, except that everything listed is Piledriver-based and all feature eight-core designs. It’s unfortunate that we’ve gone a while without some truly brand-new models, but I suppose the upside is that what we do have is attractive at the respective price points.


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