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AMD readies new FX processor with bundled liquid-cooling

Advanced Micro Devices plans to release another FX-series desktop microprocessor that will come bundled with closed-loop liquid cooling system, the firm said this week. The company did not unveil any details about the upcoming chip, but demonstrated its packaging and said that it will be available soon.

Roy Taylor, vice president of global channel sales at AMD, on Friday published a photo of an FX processor packaging on Twitter saying that “something new is coming.” The box, which says it contains an “FX-series processor with liquid cooling technology,” is vastly different from packages of currently available AMD FX products.

Since the package says “processor,” then it is highly-likely that AMD plans to release [at least] another high-performance multi-core chip without integrated graphics designed specifically for enthusiasts (update: confirmed by a source close to AMD). If AMD planned to release a high-end Kaveri-based FX-series offering, it would call the product an “accelerated processing unit.” As there are no “Steamroller” micro-architecture-based multi-core CPUs for servers/high-end desktops scheduled to arrive in mid-2014 anywhere in AMD’s roadmaps, it is highly likely that the company plans to further increase frequencies of the existing Vishera design that features the Piledriver micro-architecture x86 cores.


In a bid to respond to the launch of the code-named Haswell microprocessors last year, AMD introduced two “extreme” FX-series products: the FX-9370 (eight cores, 4.40/4.70GHz, 8MB L2 cache, 8MB L3 cache, 200W thermal design power) and the FX-9590 (eight cores, 4.70/5.0GHz, 8MB L2 cache, 8MB L3 cache, 220W thermal design power). The chips require high-end AM3+ platforms and sophisticated cooling solutions. While in many cases such central processing units offer pretty high-performance compared to Intel’s Core i7-4770K or Core i5-4670K processors, in general they are behind their rivals. Learn more in KitGuru's review of AMD's FX-9590 CPU.

It looks like (at least, based on the current information) AMD decided to release a microprocessor that will be a respond to Intel’s code-named “Devil’s Canyon” chips. AMD yet has to release actual specifications of the novelty, but if the company actually plans to speed-up the Vishera design one more time, then it looks like we are probably going to see an eight-core chip with default clock-speed of 5GHz or higher.

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KitGuru Says: It is very nice to see that AMD wants to compete for the high-end market. Unfortunately, we have no idea whether the company’s new FX chip will actually be competitive against Intel’s Core i7-4790K processor with 4GHz default clock-rate.

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  1. with the 9570 and the 9370 just looks like they took a 8350 and just over clocked it they were hot and used alot of power (to me it just made sense to get a 8350 and a decent cooler and over clock it that way though i do say that is reliant on the silicone lottery)

    I really hope with the new processor single core performance is a lot better and heat and power efficiency is better .

    I still think in hindsight if amd had taken the phenom series and improved that we would have better processors now though

  2. I have an FX-9590 but I have been saying for 12 months AMD made a mistake by scrapping Phenom series. What they should have done was release an updated version (Phenom3) with better architecture. It would also have genuine cores and not modules. By splitting cores into modules and sharing resources such as cache, pipelines, etc AMD have shot themselves in the foot. No wonder their BD/PD architecture is slower in performance. However, Jim Keller confirmed that AMD are ditching modular design for high performance desktops and going back to traditional cpu design. Rumours are it will be 12 cores at 6GHz each core (in tech conference JK did mention multicore cpu. high clock speed and merging it with power efficiency and low TDP).

    As far as the new FX cpu with liquid cooling goes, it is certainly a response to intel’s devil canyon. I think this ‘new’ AMD cpu will just be a refresh of PD, with improved architecture. I also think it will be 12 cores/6 modules instead of the usual 8 cores/4 modules. Don’t forget, AMD is trying to make a comeback to high end desktop pc’s. No doubt this refresh is a stop gap until the new gen 12 cores/6GHz cpu comes out

  3. Suhail Ahmad, For our sake I hope what you say is true, for the pass 3 years intet selling us processors with no real improvements after each generation.