First ever commercially available 5.0 Ghz CPU
The rumors have been going around the web for some time now, but today AMD officially unveiled two new FX-series processors with clocks up to 5.0 Ghz out of the box. The new parts are based on the ubiquitous Piledriver x86 cores powering the latest generation of FX processors “Vishera” as well as FM2 socket A-Series APUs, and will be referred to as FX 9000-series CPUs. So far, two SKUs are planned to be released; the top dog being FX-9590 with eight cores running at a 5 GHz Max Turbo clock, followed by FX-9370 with a 4.7 GHz Max Turbo. AMD does not state at this time what the base clocks will be. The two new processors will come with unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking, as with all FX-Series models.
The parts will first be made available to system integrators and there is no word on when, or if, they will reach the retail market. Furthermore, and although AMD did not detail the power aspect of these new parts, rumors are they will come with a TDP of more than 200 W.
Editor’s note: We haven’t been able to confirm with AMD, but the current word around the rumor mill is that these may not even make it to channel and will be limited to boutique PC builders only. -hokie