Back at E3 AMD released both their FX-9590 and FX-9370 processors. Both of these processors can be clocked up to 4.5 GHz, but the FX-9590 can be clocked all the way up to 5 GHz! Of course with that high clock speed you are going to have a high price and up until recently the FX-9590 was around $899-999. UK-based retailer AriaPC has slashed the prices of the FX-9590 and they are now selling it for only £299.99!
With the intentions of giving a precise benchmark of the 5 GHz beast from AMD, VR-Zone forum member “Mac Clapper” obtained a retail sample of the FX-9590. Before we jump into the benchmarks, we would be sharing a bit of details about the FX-9590 itself. The processor (32nm HKG) which was being used on Piledriver and Bulldozer, FX-9590 has the same origin. It encompasses 8 cores along with 8 threads and includes 8MB of cache. In general, CPUs don’t have a 5GHz clock speed but it’s the Turbo core 3.0 technology that forces its clock higher from the base clock of 4.7 GHz. Retail samples are becoming visible on numerous retail sites from the time of the new lineup launch and the price range of the processors is estimated around $800 which is same as of the Core i7-3960X.
Last week AMD announced their FX-9000 series processors, which included the FX-9590 and FX-9370. These processors made headlines and the FX-9590 was the first ever consumer processor to offer a 5 GHz speed. A couple of days later it was revealed that AMD would only be selling these chips to system integrators, but not that may not be the case as they have popped up for pre-order online.
Earlier this month we talking about AMD releasing a 5GHz processor and it looks like those rumors were true. Today AMD has unveiled the most powerful member of the AMD FX family of CPUs and the world’s first commercially available 5 GHz CPU Processor. The 8-core CPU is the AMD FX-9590.
We’ve seen processors on both the AMD and Intel side hit 5GHz, but all of these chips have lower stock speeds and the 5GHz speed is done through overclocking. According to Hexus there may be a 5GHz chip in the works from AMD. Although we are treating this as a total rumor, because it just sort of seems out of left field, especially from AMD. The chip would be called FX Centurion Super Processor and will be based on the same Piledriver architecture as the Vishera lineup.