We are happy to report that the new “Vishera” chips will continue to use AMD’s AM3+ socket which will be great for those looking to upgrade because you won’t have to run out and get a new motherboard. For those who were looking to upgrade to the new FX series chip, make sure your motherboard is running the new current 9 series chipset as this is what is recommended. We will go over this a little more as we touch on the chipset side of things.
Here we wanted to give you a quick snap shot of the underside on the chip.
Lets take a look here at the on-board die for the AMD FX-8350 chip with the improved piledriver cores.
While the Vishera relies on the AMD Piledriver architecture, which has improved performance for multi-thread handling, it shares the same die size as its previous series. It also uses the same 315mm square and has the same 1.2B transistors. The Piledriver is set to use its x86 cores with a new resonant clock mesh technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor, which allows the chip to cut power consumption by 10%, or boost clock-speed by 10% (compared to Bulldozer) without an increase of TDP.
The Vishera FX-8350 will have 8 cores & 8 threads with a base freq. of 4.0GHz (Turbo Core will boost to 4.2GHz), and maintains the 1024 (KB/Core) in L2 Cache and L3 Cache totaling in 8MB. All of the FX-8350 chips will also feature an unlocked core like the rest of its FX series line up.
Here we will take a look at what AMD has done to improve on the Piledriver architecture. As you can see, they have improved on the branch predictions, scheduling of the FPU and INT along with the faster instruction set to name a few. The overall improvement will help with performance and as we mentioned AMD has reported a 15% increase in performance over its previous line up “Bulldozer.” As we move further along we will take a look at some benchmarks to see if the improvements AMD reported stand true.
Now let’s move on and take a look at the 9 series chipset.