Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday rounded out its lineup of unlocked, eight-core FX processors for enthusiast and performance-class gaming desktops.
AMD’s new desktop CPU lineup includes the first pair of lower-wattage E Series processors in the FX lineup, the AMD FX-8370E and FX-8320E, both with TDPs of 95W. The FX-8370E, priced at $199.99, has a base clock of 3.3GHz and can be throttled up to 4.3GHz. The FX-8320E is priced at $146.99, and has a 3.2GHz base clock and 4.0GHz maximum clock.
AMD suggests that both the new E Series eight-cores be paired with its own Radeon R9 285 graphics processors in desktop systems using an AMD 970 board and DDR3-1866 memory.
The chip maker also launched another eight-core FX processor, the FX 8370, to its lineup of unlocked CPUs for AM3+ Socket desktop boards. The FX 8370 is priced at $199.99 with a base clock of 4.0GHz (4.3GHz max.), adding a bump in performance to the existing pair of eight-core, 125W chips in the FX-8000 series, the FX-8350 ($179.99) and FX-8320 ($146.99).
Using the FX 8370, gamers can build a performance-level system for about $1,099 and drawing 650W, according to AMD. Such a rig would be based on the either the AMD 990FX or 990X chipsets, and feature Radeon R9 286 graphics, a 2TB mechanical drive, and 16GB of DDR3 1866 memory.
Meanwhile, AMD has also made it a bit cheaper to build an enthusiast-class gaming rig with a drop in price for its top part in the FX-9000 series, the eight-core, 220W FX-9590.
The FX-9590 (4.7GHz base/5.0GHz max.) is now priced at $229.99. Comparing this CPU to Intel’s Core i5 4690K, AMD claimed its part provides significant advantages in content creation, raw computing power, and frame rates for gaming.
An FX-9590-based enthusiast gaming desktop could be built on AMD’s 990FX chipset for about $1,499 and feature Radeon R9 290X graphics, a 2TB hard drive, and 16GB of DDR3 2133, with a system power draw of 800W, the company said.
By Damon Poeter
Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
Founder & CEO/CTO
Synapse Synergy Group, Inc.