There are a few ways to acquire AMD's new FX chips
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 though, 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.
AMD once tried to dispell the MHz/GHz myth when Intel's Netburst architecture was pushing clockspeeds to new heights. That was a long time ago, and these days AMD is totally psyched about its new FX-9590 processor, a Piledriver part that qualifies as the world's first commercially available 5GHz processor. It's actually stock clocked at 4.7GHz, though it can reach the braggadocios 5GHz mark under load (Turbo). Wondering how it benchmarks?
The FX-9590 and FX-9370 are Piledriver-based chips aimed at enthusiasts
At last month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was busy tooting its own horn about the prospect of bringing the world’s first commercially available 5GHZ processor (max turbo speed) to market: the 8-core FX-9590. If you too are just as enthusiastic about the company’s enthusiast-class FX-9000 series chips and have spent the last month or so dreaming about the FX-9590 or the FX-9370, another 8-core FX-9000 series part announced last month, you will be happy to know that both chips are now available.
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.