AMD releases new chips, lowers prices
Having the most powerful and expensive hardware is always exciting but let’s face the truth – most personal computers around the world are budget-oriented. They have cheaper motherboards that in most cases can’t handle the fastest chips for the platform they belong to due to power limitations, leaving their users with no way to have the fastest chip. This is sad, but you get what you pay for.
Fortunately for users of the AMD AM3+ platform this does not hold true anymore – AMD has launched a number of eight-core chips that come with 95W TDP, down from the 125W TDP until now. This means that owners of budget-oriented AMD AM3+ motherboards that do not support 125W TDP chips can now have full eight-core power. The chips in question are the new AMD FX-8320E that runs at 3.2 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) and the FX-8370E that works at 3.3 GHz (4.3 GHz Turbo). Like all FX processors these chips are unlocked and can provide additional performance if overclocked. The FX-8320E sells for USD 147, while the FX-8370E can be had for USD 199.
There’s also a new 125W TDP model – the FX-8370 – which ups clock speeds a bit. The new processor runs at 4.0 GHz nominal clock speed but goes up to 4.3 GHz in Turbo Mode, which is 100 MHz more than what the FX-8350 offers.
AMD has also announced price cuts for the FX chip range – the FX-9590 goes down by USD 65, while the FX-9370 goes down by USD 20 but these prices are valid for the versions without a bundled liquid cooler. The FX-8350 and FX-8320 also get a USD 10 price drop.
A while ago AMD also revealed the FX-8300 processor, which is another eight-core 95W TDP chip but this one targets China OEMs only and is not available worldwide. Fortunately the FX-8370E and FX-8320E will be available around the world.