AMD today officially releases "Vishera", four new FX-series processors based on the Piledriver architecture. Made on a 32nm process, these chips feature four, six and eight cores, with 1MB L2 cache per core, 4/8MB L3 cache and 1866MHz DDR3 support. Pricing ranges from $122 for the FX-4300 to $195 for the FX-8350.
The pricing already reveals that these chips aim to compete with Intel on a price/performance level, and Legit Reviews writes that the often heard statement that you get 80 percent of the performance for 60 percent of the price seems pretty close to accurate today. Looking at gaming performance, the AMD FX-8350 seems to be able to hold it own against the Intel Core i7 3770K, albeit at a much higher power consumption. AnandTech tested all four chips over here and says Vishera is an easier AMD product to recommened than Zambezi, but only for applications that are heavily threaded and with very little serialization. Anand says you need to understand your workload very well to know whether or not Vishera is the right platform for you, and have to be OK with the higher power consumption that Intel's chips.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an update to the Guinness World Record-setting 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 – 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.
"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.