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AMD FX-9590 Overclocked Review

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Posted May 11, 2016 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $229.99 on Newegg
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Multi-threaded performance, Reasonable increase to single thread performance (via increase clock speeds), Unlocked multiplier,
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

High TDP, Excessive core temps, Motherboard VRMs end up working hotter as well
 
BOTTOM LINE:
This is essentially a factory overclocked FX chip that will offer some very reasonable performance with applications that benefit from multiple threads. DirectX 12 makes this chip a much more compelling option for those who don't have expensive electricity bills. If you know for sure you want a liquid cooler for your system, then this chip can work great for a price to performance ratio.
by Josh Jackson
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Introduction

Back in 2013, AMD released a chip that had many scratching their heads. Between the abnormally high TDP and ridiculous price tag, everyone thought the company had lost their minds. In hind sight, it’s easy to see that AMD hadn’t found their new direction yet, and they were ensuring that a chip of this magnitude could be successfully handled in a consumer market. The good news about the 9590 is, in spite of being considered a failed launch, it still worked out to be a decent chip and it certainly opened the door for future releases with high TDPs. Energy efficiency kind of gets thrown out the window with overclocking, and an ultra-enthusiast version of Zen is something I would certainly look forward to today.

Having followed this release for years now, the biggest thing that bugged me was only getting to see the limitations of the chip tested on 240mm AIOs. The question on my mind was, “Could someone get reasonably past the 5.0 GHz barrier if they had some uber cooling?” AMD was kind enough to send a sample my way and let me have a go at it. To be clear here, this isn’t just trying to reach 5.o GHz and run a couple of tests. The real test of the 5.0 barrier is if a user could run that as a 24/7 clock speed, and be able to do so with a fairly easily involving just a multiplier changes. With that in mind, let’s begin looking into how the experience went, the results of the tests, and just how worth it a 9590 would be for the average PC builder, especially since the price has dropped so much. Once again, we give a huge thanks to AMD for the sample. Here’s a quick statement about them from their site.AMD Press Deck CES 2016 (1)

At AMD, we live our core values through our actions. This helps drive our business. Being a socially and environmentally responsible business is an important part of AMD’s culture – The AMD Way. We believe that our employees are motivated to work hard and innovate when they see their jobs as their cause, and we offer ample opportunity for them to make a meaningful difference through the everyday work that they do.

The AMD Way is about Commitment and Ownership, Customer Focus, and Innovation and Leadership. We support those core beliefs through:

  • Achievement: We plan and play to win in all we do, every time. Every day matters.
  • Accountability: We build trust by honoring our commitments.
  • Alignment: We work as one AMD to debate, decide, embrace and execute.
  • Agility: We continuously learn and improve in all aspects of our business.

When we look at our accomplishments, we look through the filter of our company culture, asking if we got there the right way—The AMD Way.

Are you up for the challenge?

Push Boundaries

Our employees thrive on challenge and aren’t afraid to test limits. Together, they drive the innovations that break the barriers of technology.

  • First chip to break the 1 GHZ Barrier (2000)
  • First x86 dual-core processor (2004)
  • First Accelerated Processing Unit (2010)

Deliver Innovation

Our employees energize the industry, helping our customers win and building learning for a lifetime.

  • World’s highest performing processors for 1-8P x86 servers and workstations (2005)
  • The World’s First Fully DirectX ® 11-Capable Graphics Card (2009)
  • World record-breaking CPU (2011)

Change the World

Our employees make a world of difference, leading sustainable global communities, inspiring customer trust with innovative products and building a company to last.

  • Climate Innovation Index Leader (Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index (CII))
  • 100 Best Corporate Citizens List 2010 (Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine)
  • Top 500 Green Companies in the United States (Newsweek Magazine)
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