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CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced that its upcoming Piledriver based FX-9590 will be the first stock factory processor to hit 5GHz in turbo mode.
In recent years AMD has decided to focus on both core count and frequency to compete against Intel, despite not wanting to take part in the high-end processor market. Now the firm has said that its upcoming FX-9590 processor will turbo boost its cores up to 5GHz, making it the first factory clocked chip to hit 5GHz.
AMD said it will launch two FX-9000 series chips to OEMs and system builders in the coming months. The firm didn't quote exact clock speeds but said that the FX-9370 will be an eight-core chip that can hit 4.7GHz in turbo mode while the eight-core FX-9590 will reach 5GHz in turbo mode.
Last September AMD showed The INQUIRER a pre-production overclocked chip based on its Vishera core running at 5GHz with watercooling, and the chip has a good reputation for overclockability. Currently AMD's FX-8350 based on the Vishera core tops out at 4.2GHz in turbo mode, but the firm seems comfortable to go well beyond that now.
Bernd Lienhard, corporate VP and GM of the Client Products Division at AMD said, "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 5GHz processor."
AMD said that its FX-9000 series chips initially will be available to OEMs and system builders and did not say when the retail channel will see the chips. However the firm is expected to release Steamroller chips before the end of the year and many will find that the performance boost derived from architecture improvements will be more attractive. µ
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