AMD was happy to make waves at E3 last month, when it announced that it was going to be selling the ‘world’s first’ commercially available 5.0GHz CPU. The runner-up chipmaker has a history with expensive gaming and enthusiast processors, despite the fact that most of AMD’s marketing these days revolves around convincing customers of a superior performance-per-$ ratio over its competition.
Those chips are finally available for customers to play with – if by customer, we mean you’re one of AMD’s reseller and system integrator partners.
For now, the FX-9000 series is available exclusively for use by system builders to sell complete systems to end users. It’s likely that the new, highly clocked chips aren’t up to snuff when it comes to yields, with slower, leakier chips downclocked and sold as a different model. Once AMD finds itself with a surfeit of new stock, you’ll probably be able to pick one up for your own system.
AMD FX-9000 Series Processors
|FX 9590||4.7/5.0 GHz||8MB||8MB||AM3+||220W||32nm SOI|
|FX 9370||4.4/4.7 GHz||8MB||8MB||AM3+||220W||32nm SOI|
Until then, if you want 8 cores of 5 GHz Piledriver power, you’ll need to buy a system from one of the following companies:
- Canada Computers
- Digital Storm
- Extreme PC
- Memory Express
- Origin PC
- Puget Systems
- Velocity Micro
Only the FX 9590 reaches the vaunted 5.0 Ghz point, and even then, it’s when using AMD’s Turbo Clock feature – by default, the chip runs at 4.7 GHz.