AMD has a knack for reaching milestones before the competition. The Sunnyvale chip designer is generally credited as being the first to reach 1GHz with its Athlon chip (a claim Intel disputes, by the way, as it was also shipping 1GHz Pentium III parts), and just like it's the year 2000 all over again, AMD is again touting a speed victory by unveiling the world's first 5GHz processor for consumers.
The processor in question is AMD's newly minted FX-9590, an 8-core Piledriver part, though there are a couple of points worth mentioning. First is the fact that we've since moved on from the time when clockspeed was king. It still matters, but of more importance these days is the architecture that's driving the silicon. And secondly, the 5GHz claim is the processor's maximum Turbo speed, not the default clockspeed.
AMD isn't letting these tidbits get in the way of its bragging rights.
"At E3 this week, AMD demonstrated why it is at the core of gaming," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD. "The new FX 5GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra-high resolution experiences including AMD Eyefinity technology. This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world’s first commercially available 5 GHz processor."
AMD also announced a slightly slower version, the FX-9370 clocked at 4.7GHz (Turbo). Both of these 9000 Series processors are 8-core parts, and both feature unlocked multipliers. Look for these chips to be available later this summer. No word yet on price.