Well, this is a surprise. After rumours that AMD was no longer interested in keeping up with the CPU performance race against its old foe, Intel, out AMD comes overnight with news of the first commercially-available processor cracking along at a whopping 5GHz.
The eight-core AMD FX-9590 was unleashed at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles and is based on the company’s Piledriver architecture. It also has a twin – the FX-9370, which has a top ‘turbo’ speed of 4.7GHz. Together, they make up the new FX-9000 enthusiast series, which includes AMD’s Turbo Core 3.0 technology. This new tech allows the CPU to balance the performance of the chip depending on the load and the number of cores in operation.
AMD has yet to release pricing details but the chips are expected to be available globally in the next couple of months (northern hemisphere summer).
There are also no details on which chipsets will support the new CPU range but we expect AMD will make more details available closer to launch.
Despite playing second-fiddle to rival Intel most of the time, AMD has managed to score some wins of historical significance over the years, producing the first 1GHz processor back in May 2000 and following it up with the first 64-bit Windows-compatible chip some years later.
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