GigaHertz Wars 2.0? AMD Releases World's First 5.0 GHz FX Processor
June 11, 2013 3:16 PM
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Chip may be competitive with Haswell on basis of price, multi-threaded performance
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (
dropping the Gigahertz hammer
on rival Intel Corp. (
) announcing a new
-core based line of "FX"-branded processors) octa-core chip that has a turbo clock of 5.0 GHz.
I. AMD Announces "First Commercial 5.0 GHz CPU"
While some may consider the fact that the stock (non-turbo) clock speed of the FX-9590 is something lower than the 5.0 GHz (AMD didn't announce the exact speed, but expect ~4.5 GHz), this marks the first time that a commercially available (x86 consumer) CPU has broken this speed barrier.
There's no word on how much power the chip is sucking down to attain that impressive clock speed.
AMD also announced that it would offer a 4.7 GHz turbo-clocked octa-core chip (FX-9370). Together the chips will release in pre-built PCs this summer, with packaged availability trailing somewhat. AMD also mentions that both chips are unlocked, allowing for even greater overclocks, cooling permitting.
Bernd Lienhard brags, "This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world's first commercially available 5 GHz processor."
Computer history buffs will recall that AMD was the first chipmaker to break the 1.0 GHz barrier with a stock x86 commercial CPU. By Mar. 2006 Intel had released the 3.73 GHz Pentium "Extreme Edition" 965 dual-core chip, built on the 65 nm node. So far the
announced has been the Core i7-4930MX, a quad-core design turbo-clocked to 3.9 GHz.
II. The Gigahertz Myth 2.0? Sort Of
in heavily threaded loads, while falling behind in lightly threaded application performance. Pricing has allowed AMD to stay competitive (for example a FX-8350
currently, while an Intel i7-3770K
So will the new FX processors truly be faster than Intel's just-launched
processors? It certainly looks to have a shot in multi-threaded performance.
's benchmarking shows the i7-4770K (the
successor to the i7-3770K)
outperforming the FX-8350
by anywhere from 2 to 9 percent in heavily threaded applications like pixel pushing demoes or x264 transcoding. [
]. Given the 20 percent boost in raw core clock while in Turbo mode, it's very possible that the 32 nm FX-9590 may top Intel's 22 nm
processors in multi-threaded applications.
AMD is unlikely to be able to keep up with
in single-threaded performance.
In single-threaded benchmarks where Intel's
(i7-4770K) often has a 50-60 percent lead over the FX-8350, the 20 percent bump may close the gap somewhat, but it seems unlikely that it will match Intel's single-threaded performance. Thus the most important thing may boil down to price. Intel's i7-4770K costs $349.99 USD. If AMD can hit a price point around $200 USD when the chips finally air, it could be very competitive.
After all, even if it surrenders 30-40 percent in single threaded performance, if it costs 40 percent less, it may make sense to buyers, especially considering its strong multi-threaded performance and (generally) more affordable chipsets.
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Price is the advantage when it comes to AMD
6/12/2013 12:10:31 PM
Hell if price is not a consideration then I will take a CELL "chip" any day. There would be a few catches using that architecture. I bought my Phenom IIx4BE simply because I got the performance I NEEDED at the time and am still happy. I was looking at that or a 84/88xx from WIntel a few ~years back. Around the DDR3 transition (affordable) era. I am extremely happy for now. Will gift it to mother who will have it till death lol. I only late last year got a new GTX550 and replaced some drives. The fact that is known you usually do not have to buy another motherboard when AMD releases another CPU is great. I still have some wiggle room with my setup. My decision today is even more so about price than it was years back. I think AMD follows the motto of "walk softly and carry a big stick"?
I can remember a teacher telling me " for every 1k$ spent it will add a year to the life of your computer ", I personally think now it is more like 500$, maybe even less.
Not everyone is a psycho porn addict, sickening pedophile, octa-screen gamer or a server queen. (end rant)
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