AMD Rumored to Cut FX Processor Pricing on September 1, 2014

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vrmlbasic

This tech is 2 years old so I'm not surprised.

I'm still somewhat irked that we didn't get Steamroller for AM3+. I thought it was because AMD was going all-in on HSA and couldn't make a chip w/o an iGPU but their 860K shot that down.

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Lx24

They actually can't make a Steamroller-based FX chip.
The Steamroller architecture itself is even less efficient than Piledriver (due to using 2 FPUs, which effectively did not affect performance for most applications).
With only 28nm available right now, they would either have to go for ridiculously big dies that would be running even hotter than Piledriver does, but are capable of higher clock speeds, or settle down to an SHP or lithographical node, which would reduce power consumption and heat output, but reduce the maximum clock speeds achievable by a significant amount.

With IPC improvements, that, with the exception of branching, where 20% more performance is possible, are within margin of error, lower clock speeds would kill performance.

Looking forward to Excavator, which is supposed to be up to 30% more efficient at around 20W TDP, the best thing we can hope for is 3-10% higher x86 performance with 65W SKUs, if they were to be released at all.
The 65W TDP target for Excavator, as opposed to 95W (effectively more like ~70-75W), will have an impact on performance, and it will be up to AMD to compensate for this.

We'll have to wait for 2016-2017 to see what AMD's new architecture is bringing to the table. Rumors state, that AMD will be going with SMT instead of an CMT design. Those chips are most likely a 16nm FinFET design, but we'll need patience to be with us for more information to surface.

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AFDozerman

Fire sale Fire sale!!!

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Innomasta

what kind of margins are in CPU's?

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AFDozerman

Last I heard,aMD measures theirs in nanometers! :)

Pretty narrow, but if nobody's buying a product such as the 9000 series, another price cut won't hurt. As far as CPUs are concerned, this was AMD's highest margin product, so I'd say they've got a bit of wiggle room. Most FX series parts are selling for around 150 dollars and this is just a higher binned FX-8300 series, so 300 is pretty massive.

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AFDozerman

Last I heard,aMD measures theirs in nanometers! :)

Pretty narrow, but if nobody's buying a product such as the 9000 series, another price cut won't hurt. As far as CPUs are concerned, this was AMD's highest margin product, so I'd say they've got a bit of wiggle room. Most FX series parts are selling for around 150 dollars and this is just a higher binned FX-8300 series, so 300 is pretty massive.

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don2041

After being totally pissed off by that fucking Lexus commercial. I,ve decided never to ever buy one.

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Sorian

Not sure I follow why a Lexus commercial has anything to do with AMD processor prices....

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don2041

It does,nt but it pisses me off when I try to read a post and that auto running add pops up

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bensen408

Or Console Crushers. I've already seen the f'king ad, so STOP with the popups! Maybe it's just me but it seems like popup ads are back with a vengeance, not seen since the DotCom Boom era.

I'd ditch this website except for two reasons....

1) I'm a loyal longterm reader dating back to 2000.

2) Hmm... PDF copies of the mag?

Seriously though, ENOUGH with the f'king ads!

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