AMD unveils first-ever 5 GHz processor 

Jun 12, 2013
AMD unveils first-ever 5 GHz processor 
Credit: AMD

AMD today unveiled its most powerful member of the AMD FX family of CPUs, the world's first commercially available 5 GHz CPU processor, the AMD FX-9590. These 8-core CPUs deliver new levels of gaming and multimedia performance for desktop enthusiasts. AMD FX-9000 Series CPUs will be available initially in PCs through system integrators.

"At E3 this week, AMD demonstrated why it is at the core of gaming," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD. "The new FX 5 GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra-high resolution experiences including AMD Eyefinity technology. This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world's first commercially available 5 GHz processor."

"AMD continues to push the envelope when it comes to desktop capabilities and ," said Wallace Santos, CEO and founder of MAINGEAR. "In unveiling the world's first 5 GHz 8-core CPU, AMD continues to lead the way in innovation while providing our customers with a best-in-class experience. We are thrilled to be part of this exciting launch."

The new 5 GHz FX-9590 and 4.7 GHz FX-9370 feature the "Piledriver" architecture, are unlocked for easy overclocking and pave the way for enthusiasts to enjoy higher CPU speeds and related performance gains. Additionally, these processors feature AMD Turbo Core 3.0 technology to dynamically optimize across CPU cores and enable maximum computing for the most intensive workloads.

AMD was the first to break the 1 GHz barrier in May of 2000 and continues to set the standard in including the first Windows compatible 64-bit PC and the first native dual-core and quad-core processors. AMD also introduced the first APU (unifying CPU and Radeon graphics on the same chip) and the first x86 quad-core SoC, continuing forward with HSA architectures and programming models.

The new AMD FX CPUs will be available from system integrators globally beginning this summer. Two models will be available:

  • FX-9590: Eight "Piledriver" cores, 5 GHz Max Turbo
  • FX-9370: Eight "Piledriver" cores, 4.7 GHz Max Turbo

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Bob_Kob
5 / 5 (1) Jun 12, 2013

they shouldve chucked this into the new xbox and not that piteful 1.6ghz 8 core version its got
antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (4) Jun 12, 2013
Since the price for the 5GHz 8core processors should be around 300$ (if you believe the net-nerds' analyses), and the price of the upcoming xbox is 500$ ...well...you do the math.
(Couldn't find the cost of a 1.6GHz 8Core processor from the AMD site. But looking at specs for similar processors it looks like that one is well below 100$)
Matthewwa25
3 / 5 (2) Jun 13, 2013
Microsoft should give you the option to pay $800 for the 5gh'z kind. ;) One should be able to spend money!
antialias_physorg
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 13, 2013
Microsoft should give you the option to pay $800 for the 5gh'z kind. ;) One should be able to spend money!

Why would you? It would just be wasted money. Games for consoles (unlike PCs) are optimized for known hardware specs. Plugging in a better processor doesn't change the speed at which they run or the graphics quality one bit. If it's gearde towards the 1.6gHz 8core processor then that's how fast/detailed it'll seem on a faster processor, too.

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