AMD beats Intel by unveiling world's first 5GHz processor

AMD beats Intel by unveiling world's first 5GHz processor

Summary: AMD scores another win by being the first to release a 5GHz processor. Is AMD on the up?

TOPICS: Processors

Want a CPU with the most gigahertz horsepower going? Chipmaker AMD has unveiled the world's first 5GHz, the AMD FX-9590.

The FX-9590 is the latest addition to AMD's FX lineup and takes the clock speed to the 5GHz for the first time. For those looking for something a little more modest, AMD also announced the FX-9370, which is clocked at a mere 4.7GHz.

(Source: AMD)

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Both parts have eight processors cores based on AMD's Piledriver architecture, and both are from the "Black" edition which means that they are unlocked for ease of overclocking by enthusiasts. Both processors also feature AMD's Turbo Core 3.0 technology to dynamically optimize performance across the CPU cores to provide the best performance under the most intensive workloads.

"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 5GHz 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 5GHz processor."

AMD has been the first to hit a number of historic processor milestones. It was the first to break the 1GHz barrier in May of 2000, and went on to produced the first Windows compatible 64-bit PC processor and the first native dual-core and quad-core processors. AMD the went on to launch the first APU along with the first x86 quad-core SoC.

Over the past few months, AMD has gone on to have a series of big wins. It has negotiated its silicon into all the major games consoles, including the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. It has also announced plans to support Android and Chrome OS in addition to Windows, hoping to break free of the stagnant PC market. And yesterday it was revealed by Apple that AMD will be supplying FirePro GPU for the new Mac Pro.

The FX-9590 and FX-9370 silicon will be available this summer. As yet, pricing has not been revealed.

Topic: Processors

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  • How fast is it, benchmark-wise?

    The fact that it clocks means something but not if Intel's best still beats it in performance.
  • AMD Mojo

    Very nice to see AMD get its mojo back. I'm tempted to buy one of these just to support AMD
  • AMD Chips better

    AMD chips are still stron intel have no chance to beat AMD .. AMD always come first and inspire people ... AMD APU s are the most successful and the future of computing ... now good to see AMD FX in action for high end systems ....

    AMD perfect solutions ..
  • What Do You Mean, World's First 5GHz Processor?

    IBM had POWER processors running at 5-6GHz years ago.
    • World's First 5GHz Processor

      Ido17, right on. Even the mainframe, you know, the system that died in the early 90's, has had a 5.5GHz processor for over a year.
      Ken Cameron
      • Power CPU's are not available to the pubilc

        Also Power CPU's are not that many cores nor are they supported generally. Mainframes always have stuff that the rest of the world doesnt have.
        • Re: Power CPU's are not available to the pubilc

          None of which is relevant to the claim of being "world's first".
          • IBM is not an X86 chip ..

            The PowerPC chip set is RISC. The article is talking about x86 processor milestones.

            And to point out Mainframes are still heavily used.
          • You seem really fixated on the words "World's first"...

            Try reading the two words directly after it.

            "World's first COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE"

            See how that changes things?
    • Re: What Do You Mean, World's First 5GHz Processor?

      Strange: 2 flags, just for pointing out a factual error.
      • I flagged you too.

        It says "World's first commercially available...".

        You didn't point out a factual error. You just exposed a lack of reading comprehension.
    • We are talking CPU's for consumer desktops here not mainframes.

      Steve Jobs made the best decision ever when he dumped the Power PC CPU and switched to Intel CPUs. IBM fanboys are a dying breed.
      • Re: We are talking CPU's for consumer desktops here

        Where did it say that?
        • right here:

          “This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world’s first commercially available 5GHz processor." said Bernd Lienhard

          "...commercially available..."

  • power

    what about power consumption ? the FX series is at 125w ... so it is only interesting for some small market
    • I hear....

      That the electrical companies are rubbing their hands knowing that people will be buying these power-hungy monsters. :-)
    • reality check

      Yes, it's a big problem. It consumes slightly more power (25%) than the light-bulb that I use to illuminate my work desk.

      Marketing 1, djcatao3 0
  • but

    5 ghz's in turbo mode.
  • 8 5GHz AMD64 cores for the desktop

    Yes please.
  • Clock for clock, doesn't match intel

    Of course AMD has the "fastest" CPUs out there, they've never beaten Intel's performance per clock. Witch is why a 3.5 GHz intel can beat a 4 GHz AMD. I won't deny that AMD broke this milestone, but in the grand scheme of things... It isn't all that impressive, I had my 3770k at 5 GHz months ago (it's at 4.7 now). Now if that processor has 25% better performance per watt then AMDs previous generation, now that's something to write home about.

    Just my 5¢