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.
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.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Monday introduced new Opteron 6300 Series server processors built around its next-generation "Piledriver" core architecture. The new chips boost performance by up to 24 percent compared to the prior generation Opteron 6200 Series, AMD said, basing its claim on the SPECjbb2005 server benchmark that's used to evaluate Java performance.
AMD processor fans unite. Piledriver CPU’s will not only be launching soon, but we finally have some rumored price points for the new parts. According to the ever reliable ShopBLT.com, 4 new SKU’s will hit the market in October, with prices ranging from $131.62 to $253.06. Piledriver, for those who haven’t followed its progress, is the codename for a new “Enhanced-Bulldozer” CPU, and will be manufactured on a 32 nm SOI process.
Has it already been almost five months since AMD's Bulldozer chips launched? Somehow, it has -- and that means it's time for the old info train to start rolling about Bulldozer's follow up, better known as "Piledriver." AMD has apparently been paying attention to our pleas for better, faster, MOAR because this week the company announced it was licensing new resonant clock mesh technology from Cyclos Semiconductor to help push Piledriver's clock speed over the 4GHz barrier.
Announced earlier this year at AMD’s Computex press conference, the Trinity accelerated processing unit (APU) will replace the chip maker’s Llano APU, which has been experiencing shortages due to poor 32-nm yields at Globalfoundries. Until recently, we only knew that Trinity would arrive in 2012. But thanks to Thomas Seifert, senior vice president and chief financial officer of AMD, we now have a much better idea about Trinity’s releases schedule.