AMD FX-9000 Series Chips Available Now (Kind of)

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DR_JDUBZ

800$? I will take an opteron instead :P

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Knux Kitsune

My FX-8120 is still going strong, but seeing new CPU benchmarks has me itchy to go further. I told myself that this CPU is pretty well future-proof when I got it over a year ago, and I'm going to stick by that. There's still not many programs that utilize quad-core processors, let alone octo-core. And I've had to cut back my OC due to instability, but it's been going strong at 3.8 GHz for months of 24/7 use. It ran fine at 4.2 for a while, but just started crashing while playing games like GTA IV. I'm just on air cooling. Would liquid cooling be my best bet, or should I just upgrade to a new CPU entirely?

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DR_JDUBZ

corsair h100i braaaah, got my phenom2 quad stable at 4ghz running a max temp of 43 celcius

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Hey.That_Dude

I'd love to see a review of these two chips. It might be interesting to see what the price to performance ratio is. And is that 8 Piledriver modules (set of two cores) or 8 pile driver cores?

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Gezzer

My one question would be where do these chips fall on the value (performance compared to price) curve?
Do they beat the comparable Intel chips? I hate to say it, but for most people but die hard AMD fans it doesn't just have to be as good, it has to be better. AMD kind of painted themselves into a corner by selling pretty much on value only the last 5-10 years.

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dgrmouse

It's basically just a factory overclock on their FX with a jacked up power budget. It's nothing amazing, honestly.

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limitbreaker

The only difference is that hypothetically it will achieve that overclock on air while my 8350 struggles at merely 4.8ghz on push/pull h100 closed loop. The only true target for such a chip would be for overclockers who simply will enjoy playing around with it.

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gamingwithnetbooks

Is there any difference between the 9590 and the 9370 other than 300 MHz and a $500 premium? I would really hope that extra half-grand is good for something other than clock speed.

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iplayoneasy

Look up the benchmarks of a i7 3930k and a 3960x. $500 price difference for what?

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gamingwithnetbooks

Not much. CPUBoss cites only a 10% increase without overclocking. I can't see the 9590 doing any better than that against the 9370 since both have the same 16 MB of cache.

Am I missing something?

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vrmlbasic

I thought that AMD wasn't competing in the high-end "enthusiast" chip market any longer?

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warptek2010

When that 9590 reaches the $200-$300 range count me in unless the 9370 can reach the higher chips capabilities with a bit of OCing madness.

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Mikey109105

But for course, to get these chips, you have to cough up an arm and a leg, and your wallet. Oh and probably your your brain too.

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AFDozerman

I think I would be more excited over an overclockable G34 chip... Just saying.

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AFDozerman

I think I would be more excited over an overclockable G34 chip... Just saying.

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dgrmouse

If anyone is stupid enough to buy a 220W $800 AMD CPU, I hope Maximum PC can find this person and interview him.

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PCLinuxguy

The same can be said about those that spend $1,000+ for an Intel 6 core CPU (this isn't an Intel vs AMD fight comment)

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AETAaAS

Same could be said for people who run Quad SLI or mental Crossfire. It is very much a 'because-I-can' buy. Think of the 8350 as going into space, we benefited from it as the developed technologies trickled down. The new chips are like landing on the moon. Not much more gained but it was because they could. :p

And those people who bought 900Ds might justify having 5 rads up to 480 each. I actually think its a little fun thinking up ways of cooling these hard hitters. Intel chips made it a little easy in recent days and I'm insane that way. :p

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PCLinuxguy

couldn't have said it better. it's absolutely the "Because I Can" type of purchase

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dgrmouse

Those arguments would make sense if we were talking about a performance leader here, instead of a lower-quality chip that's merely been overclocked (with a power budget to match). I can probably come up with some hypothetical use cases where one could justify the $1,000 Intel CPU, but I'm hard-pressed to do the same for the $800 AMD part.

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PCLinuxguy

like it's been said though. I've never seen a need for a $400+ cpu (from either source) for a desktop rig. Now, a professional high end workstation or server in a data center or pixar (workstation) to get work loads done I can fathom it working better for, but not for a desktop, even for a gaming rig seems silly. Again it's for the "because i can" type of crowd.

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limitbreaker

I'll buy the 9370 if it has enough overclocking headroom, my 9350 is running at 4.8ghz so I'll need 5.4 atleast. It'll be a lot of fun playing with a new chip.

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pastorbob

9350? I'm a little confused limitbreaker. Are you talking about a Phenom 9350e, and if so are you seriously oc'ing it to 4.8 Ghz? Or was it a typo and you meant to say 8350, as in FX-8350?

Just wondering.

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limitbreaker

It was a typo, I meant the fx-8350

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pastorbob

Cool! Thank you.