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A lot of DIY enthusiasts were surprised to hear AMD would be offering the first off-the-shelf 5GHz CPU recently, so naturally their thoughts turned to whether or not it would be possible to procure one of these rare CPUs in the near future.
We had the same thought, so we did some investigating. Originally, we had heard the only way to get your grubby hands on the FX-9590 and FX-9370 would be to buy a pre-built system from vendors such as iBuypower, Stealth Machines, Maingear, and Falcon Northwest. However, several sites reported that the chips appeared briefly on Tiger Direct a few days ago, but by the time the story broke both chips were already out of stock. This also seemed to defy the reports that it would not be available as a retail part.
So is it available as a standalone part, or what? The answer is, "yes, maybe." We found out that Canada Computers is selling the FX-9370 for $349, which is great for our northern companions but not so much for those of us stateside. Newegg, on the other hand, is selling the FX-9370 and FX-9590 in DIY bundles, so you don't have to buy a pre-built system but you'll have to buy the chips with other components including RAM, video card, CPU cooler, and motherboard. Bundles for the FX-9370 are $1,663 and $864 while the FX-9590 features bundles that are $2898 and $1609, respectively. So it does look like some shoppers will be able to get one of the new CPUs, but only if they're willing to spend a heck of a lot of money.
For those who missed the announcement, the “new” FX-9000’s are essentially binned versions of the FX-8350 Vishera CPU, highly overclocked with a TDP rating of 220 watts. For comparison, Intel’s new Haswell Core i7-4770K is clocked at 3.5GHz with a TDP of 84 watts, while the $1,000 Core i7-3970X has a TDP of 150 watts.