KitGuru claims AMD CEO Rory Read has ordered the company to launch a new, faster line of FX-series processors before the end of the month. The site heard from unofficial sources that the new FX 8350 may arrive in two weeks with a frequency of 4GHz, delivering a boost of around 10 percent in thread/core-aware benchmarks like CineBench.
While the new ‘Vishera’ processors will be more than 5% quicker than their present counterparts, the AMD sales and marketing teams will be wondering if they can also bring the new products to market at the same or lower price than the current batch of chips.
Industry insiders have been saying for quite some time that AMD’s problem is less about the actual product – and more about how it places its stack next to Intel’s.
Pair the FX 8120 with a cheap mainboard, then overclock it to 4GHz or more, and you have the recipe to take Core i3 out the back door for a complete pasting.
Put the same CPU in with a £150 mainboard, get it compared to the overclocked Intel ‘k’ processors, and you’re gonna be accused of bringing a knife to a gun fight.