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

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AMD FX family

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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