New AMD FX Series With “Piledriver” Brings Faster Speeds and Higher Performance

AMD FX family

Guinness World Record-holding AMD FX Series Brings Crazy Performance with up to Eight Unlocked “Piledriver” Cores Running Up to 4.2GHz!

AMD recently announced an update to its Guinness World Record-setting AMD FX family of CPUs that is fully unlocked and customisable for desktop PCs. The new AMD FX processors integrate the new “Piledriver” multi-core architecture which offers up to 15% increase in performance. In addition to the performance increase, the new processors are lower in cost, with the highest performing processors starting at less than $200.

The new AMD FX family includes the top-of-the-line octa-core FX-8350, FX-8320, FX-6300 and FX-4300 CPUs.

The AMD FX is designed for multi-threaded applications like content creation, video and audio encoding, and games, allowing users extreme responsiveness and mega-tasking performance. It opens the door to a world of possibilities when combined with other AMD technologies, like an AMD 9-Series chipset motherboard and AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards with AMD Eyefinity technology multi-monitor support.

Downloadable software upgrades is a boon for enthusiasts, and this gives users the opportunity to push performance with the AMD OverDrive utility, manage their gaming with AMD Catalyst Control Center, or slam in multiple graphic cards to work in parallel with AMD CrossFire technology. Certainly plenty to cheer about.

“After what we’ve seen of the previous generation of AMD FX Series, the overclockers at HWBOT are very eager to find out what the new AMD FX Series will bring to the game,” said Frederik Colardyn, founder and CEO of the competitive overclocking site, HWBOT.org.  “As the previous generation shattered the frequency world record, pushing it to a new high, we hope to see the new AMD FX Series raise the bar even further.”

The new AMD FX CPUs are available from global retailers:

Specifications FX-8350 FX-8320 FX-6300 FX-4300
Suggested Retail Price $195 $169 $132 $122
# of CPU Cores 8 8 6 4
Max Frequency 4.2 4.0 4.1 4.0
L2 cache (KB per core) 1024 1024 1024 1024
L3 cache (Total MBs) 8 8 8 4
External Memory 1866 MHz DDR3 1866 MHz DDR3 1866 MHz DDR3 1866 MHz DDR3
Unlocked ? ? ? ?
AVX Instructions ? ? ? ?
AES Support ? ? ? ?
FMA ? ? ? ?

What some of the industry players are saying:

Asus: “A year ago, the FX Series broke records and we’re excited about the 15 percent increased performance this year,” said Joe Hsieh, general manager of Asus’ Motherboard Business Unit.  “We produce a large number of motherboards each month and are always committed to providing customers with an unmatched PC experience. The update to the FX Series allows us to continue to outfit our motherboards with leading processor performance.”

GIGABYTE: “The latest AMD FX Series CPUs provide PC builders eight power cores, great for multi-threaded applications and extreme multitasking,” commented Henry Kao, vice president of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “GIGABYTE’s AM3+ series motherboards together with the latest AMD’s second generation AMD FX Series CPUs will ensure our customers are getting unparalleled features and processor performance from their AMD platform.”

AMD continues push boundaries of performance and customisability, appealing to its core audience of gamers and enthusiasts with the new update.

For more, read the new AMD Game Blog recognising FX enthusiasts, Follow AMD on Twitter at @AMD Unprocessed and Like AMD on Facebook.

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New AMD FX Line-Up Brings Faster Speeds and Higher Performance Core over Previous Generation to PC Enthusiasts and Gamers

The Guinness World Record-holding AMD FX Series Delivers a Stunning PC Experience with up to Eight Unlocked “Piledriver” Cores Running up to 4.2 GHz

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Oct. 25, 2012 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an update to the Guinness World Record-setting[1] AMD FX family of central processing units (CPUs) that continues the brand’s history of delivering a fully unlocked and customizable experience for performance desktop PC users. At the heart of the latest AMD FX processor is the new “Piledriver” multi-core architecture that offers up to a 15 percent increase in performance at a lower price than the previous generation[2] – with the highest-performing AMD FX processors starting at less than $200. The increased performance from the latest architecture is designed for multi-threaded applications like content creation, video and audio encoding, and games, allowing users extreme responsiveness and mega-tasking performance.

“Gamers and PC enthusiasts who buy AMD FX processors have even more to cheer about with the increased speeds and value we are delivering starting today,” said Leslie Sobon, vice president of Desktop and Component Products, AMD.  “After introducing the industry’s first and only eight-core desktop processor last year, we now have even faster stock frequencies and an all-new, high-performance x86 core architecture to satisfy power-users.”

The AMD FX opens the door to a world of possibilities when combined with other AMD technologies, like an AMD 9-Series chipset motherboard and AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards with AMD Eyefinity technology multi-monitor support.  AMD also provides downloadable software upgrades that free the creative user to push performance with the AMD OverDrive utility, manage their gaming with AMD Catalyst Control Center, or harness the power of multiple graphic cards working in parallel with AMD CrossFire technology[3].

“After what we’ve seen of the previous generation of AMD FX Series, the overclockers at HWBOT are very eager to find out what the new AMD FX Series will bring to the game,” said Frederik Colardyn, founder and CEO of the competitive overclocking site, HWBOT.org.  “As the previous generation shattered the frequency world record, pushing it to a new high, we hope to see the new AMD FX Series raise the bar even further.”

Starting today, the new AMD FX CPUs will be available from global retailers.

Specifications FX-8350 FX-8320 FX-6300 FX-4300
Suggested Retail Price $195 $169 $132 $122
# of CPU Cores 8 8 6 4
Max Frequency 4.2 4.0 4.1 4.0
L2 cache (KB per core) 1024 1024 1024 1024
L3 cache (Total MBs) 8 8 8 4
External Memory 1866 MHz DDR3 1866 MHz DDR3 1866 MHz DDR3 1866 MHz DDR3
Unlocked ? ? ? ?
AVX Instructions ? ? ? ?
AES Support ? ? ? ?
FMA ? ? ? ?

Industry Support

ASRock: “The new AMD FX Series is perfect for performance-driven PC enthusiasts,” said James Lee, ASRock vice president of Sales and Marketing. “We are beyond thrilled to inform users that our new ASRock motherboards work seamlessly and give full play to the AMD FX Series.”

Asus: “A year ago, the FX Series broke records and we’re excited about the 15 percent increased performance this year,” said Joe Hsieh, general manager of Asus’ Motherboard Business Unit.  “We produce a large number of motherboards each month and are always committed to providing customers with an unmatched PC experience. The update to the FX Series allows us to continue to outfit our motherboards with leading processor performance.”

GIGABYTE: “The latest AMD FX Series CPUs provide PC builders eight power cores, great for multi-threaded applications and extreme multitasking,” commented Henry Kao, vice president of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “GIGABYTE’s AM3+ series motherboards together with the latest AMD’s second generation AMD FX Series CPUs will ensure our customers are getting unparalleled features and processor performance from their AMD platform.”

MSI: “The increased speeds and value offered by the latest AMD FX Series gives overclockers and performance enthusiasts the responsiveness needed for any task,” said Ted Hung, MSI vice president of Mainboard Department. “When the FX Series is paired with an MSI AM3+ mainboard, not only do users get maximum performance, but they’re also taking advantage of our OC Genie II technology providing military-class stability and intelligent overclocking within just one second.”

Supporting Resources

  • Read a new AMD Game Blog recognizing FX enthusiasts
  • Follow AMD on Twitter at @AMD Unprocessed for AMD FX CPU updates
  • Like AMD on Facebook

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