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Wait for it… A NEW FX CPU!!!

Posted July 31, 2014 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

Last week I told you not to get your hopes up about the AMD teasers floating around. This week, I’m glad I said as much because news has come out about what AMD is supposed to be releasing. Actually, there are several somethings announced with an FX processor only being a tidbit of the new CPUs coming in Q3 of this year. Am I saying I’m glad because we were all going to be disappointed? On the contrary, I’m actually saying that I’m much happier today because it seems like AMD is finally living up to the teasers rather than building hype.

Let’s look at the chips for the FM2+ socket. On the APU side, AMD is releasing the A10-7800, the A8-7600 and the A6-7400K. It’s pretty safe to say that these variants will most likely add more selection to the 7k series APU line up and not much else. The Athlon CPUs, on the other hand, might be offering some improvements. The Athlons feature the X4 860K, X4 840 and the X2 450. While info is limited, the flagship chip here will clock in at 3.7 GHz with a possible boost of 4.0 GHz and will also have a 2MB L2 cache at 95W TDP. What will be interesting to find out is if AMD “evolved” the architecture here. If you remember, the teaser talked about a hero evolving and regardless of the details, the new naming scheme would indicate that these chips have at least been optimized to increase performance. However, when I think of hero chips, budget CPUs aren’t the first thing to come to mind.

Finding out that AMD is releasing the FX-8370 is pretty darn good news. It looked like we weren’t going to see a new FX chip until 2016 but lo and behold, we’re likely to see this and the FX-8310 arrive in September. Let’s take the worst case scenario here. While the clock speeds aren’t known, the TDP of the new flagship is 125W, which is the same as the 8350, and the frequencies will be higher. Chances are this new chip will have much greater chances of overclocking to 5 GHz than its predecessor due to optimization while staying around the $200 price tag for enthusiasts on a budget. Best case scenario; AMD decided to evolve the Piledriver architecture, leading to some performance gains over the previous design, while giving overclockers more headroom to play with. Either way, I’m glad that AMD has given us something new to help pass the time until we get to see new architecture in 2016.

Once again, I feel like AMD is living up to the teaser they gave us. Teasers are for big news and FX CPUs are big news! However, now is a good time for a disclaimer. I’m not saying that some of you won’t be disappointed if the FX-8370 is just a factory overclocked 8350, or that AMD hasn’t released a new socket yet. What I am saying is consider the whole picture. AMD did overhaul their engineering department recently and they’re dropping CMT. They went from no more FX chips, to not until 2016, to September 2014 for a refresh. For the level of changes AMD has gone through, this is very good news. Here’s hoping that motherboard manufactures have to release a Bios update for the 8370. Then we can really say a hero has evolved!


Edit: So it looks like the teaser was specifically aimed at the new APUs and the other processors were leaked coincidentally a few hours before the official post from AMD. This would make the actual teaser seem like a pretty big disappointment to enthusiasts because we’ve already known about Kaveri for some time with the A10-7850k. It could be that AMD wasn’t trying to tease enthusiasts as much as building better public knowledge of what the knew architecture means to the general populous. So why’ll I’d say the overall tease ended up being another hype builder, I’ll still take the news that a new FX CPU is coming and appreciate that.



    David S

    Updated Pile driver? Not sure I am excited about that – the Pile driver helped out on the APU side with Richland, but the gains were not overly impressive – nice, but not overly impressive. However between the original bulldozer based ones compared to Kaveri are more than impressive – problem is, Kaveri is a step up from Pile driver and not even in the same class from an architectual standpoint – heck, the mobo needed 2 extra pins to upgrade. That did stop me – I love my 7850K. However if the FX is truly going to be revamped requiring a mobo change, then I doubt very much it would be on Piledriver technology. Simply raising the the speed under the same TDP seems to be leaving out a whoooole lot, and truly makes no sense to me – anyone serious enough to need over 4 gigs is an overclocker anyway and will get the speed regardless. Seriously – I can see them redoing the FX line – I just don’t think it will be Pile driver architecture.


      It’s important to note from the source that the 8370 should be using Piledriver architecture. I’m hoping that they do a refresh of the cores to gain a bit of performance which might need a bios update, but not new motherboards. Honestly, that’s probably not likely but even if they don’t, it’s not unusual for CPUs to have the same TDP but different frequencies. The best example of this is the FX-9370 and 9590, which gives credence to the 8370 being nothing more than a higher clocked 8350. Ultimately, I don’t think we’ll see anything spectacular until the new releases in 2016, but I’m glad they are at least releasing something high end while we wait for the new architecture and chipsets to show up. =D

      I did add an edit which shows the teaser was aimed at only the APU side which I find to be a bit disappointing.

        David S

        Yeah I agree – I was going to initially go FX, but I was curious to how well the Kaveri would actually run. So far I am more than impressed. I wouldn’t recommend it for heavy gaming, but on the flip side, it is more than enough for day to day use – and for $230 I paid for the chip and accompanying high end FM2+ board, i am more then pleased. The two parts I liked the most about it is 1 – 2133 support for 16 gig Ram, and 2 – I have it OC’d to 4.3 gig on stock cooler with no issues – and for an AMD chip, that speaks volumes.

          Sandy Bruce

          AMD gets a bum wrap no matter what they do.Regardless of what people say the APU lineup has been a killer success for AMD. On Core vs. Core basis they are not as strong as the competition. However when you factor in all of the other features and price points APUs are always the better buy at the low and mid range price points. With the growing adoption of AMD supported technology like HSA, OpenCL and Mantle the future looks really bright for them. I look forward to seeing more AMD APUs in tablets and thin notebooks to really add some gaming graphics to form factors that normally cant handle it. I can’t wait for the new lineup of FX chips in 2016.

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