AMD dropped a bombshell at E3 last week with the introduction of its FX-9000 series of desktop CPUs, which includes the first 5GHz processor. But the real surprise might be the cost of these new chips.
Though it's since removed them from its website, online retailer PCSuperStore.com put the FX-9590 and FX-9370 up for pre-order the other day, with prices that were far higher than what AMD has been charging for its top desktop chips. The 4.4GHz FX-9370 (4.7GHz with Turbo Core) was listed for $576, while the 4.7GHz FX-9590, which reaches the magic 5GHz number with Turbo Core, was listed for a whopping $920.
Those prices are closer to high-end Intel Core i7 CPUs than the previous eight-core AMD FX processors, even if the performance gains are roughly 20 percent over prior iterations. However, AMD has not announced any official pricing yet, so it's difficult to determine if PCSuperStore's pricing is accurate or an attempt to cash in on the buzz surrounding the new chips.
It's also unclear when the FX-9000 processors will even be available for DIYers to purchase. There are reports that the new chips will be provided to system builders and not to the general public. Also notable is that the FX-9000 processors are power hogs, with a TDP of 220 watts. Compare that to the Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition, which has a maximum TDP of 150 watts.
While it looked like AMD had ceded the high-end of desktop processors to Intel and chips like the Core i7-3970X, the FX-9000 series might be a worthier challenger than previous FX eight-core chips. But pricing will be critical, especially since the CPUs are bucking the trend of greater power efficiency that Intel is touting with its new Haswell chips.
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[Via X-bit labs]