AMD Unveils New FX Vishera Desktop Chips
The processors are aimed at gamers and PC enthusiasts, and AMD officials said they offer greater performance at prices competitive with Intel.Advanced Micro Devices is making its latest push against Intel for the gamer and PC enthusiast customer segment, releasing the latest of its FX series of desktop processors that offer as many as eight cores, more speed than previous versions and the company's new Piledriver architecture. AMD on Oct. 23 unveiled the first four "Vishera" chips, which range from the four-core FX-4300 to the eight-core FX-8320 and FX-8350. Also included is the FX-6300, a six-core processor. Company officials said the Piledriver architecture will offer users up to a 15 percent increase in performance, and that the power boost will come at a lower price than that of comparable Intel processors. Pricing for the chips ranges from $122 for the FX-4300 to $195 for the FX-8350. AMD officials said the FX-8350 costs about $40 less than Intel's Core i5-3570K; the price of the FX-4300 is about the same as that of the Core i3-2120. All the chips are unlocked, enabling users to over-clock them to get higher speeds out of all those cores. The chips range in speed from 4.0GHz to 4.2GHz, but the higher-end chips reportedly could be over-clocked to hit speeds of as much as 5GHz.
"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," Leslie Sobon, vice president of desktop and component products at AMD, said in a statement. "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."