Rumor Mill: Is AMD Releasing a 5 GHz FX CPU?
Is there a 5 GHz AMD FX processor on the horizon?
There’s no doubt about it: AMD is an odd beast. While the semiconductor company laid off 30 percent of its workforce last year, it’s experiencing a bit of a renaissance as of late.
AMD’s GPU division is kicking serious butt, thanks to new developments like TressFX, and the Radeon brand being synonymous with top performance per dollar spent (see examples one, two and three). On the CPU side, Intel is still the overall performance king, but AMD continues to offer very attractive CPUs at lower price points — see our budget Crysis 3 PC from a few months back, for example.
AMD’s APU SKUs and FX processors offer great performance for the money — a trip to Newegg shows that every current AMD CPU product goes for $199.99 or less, including the eight-core models. But what about the high end? At the moment, AMD seems content to concede the territory to the more powerful (and more expensive) Intel Ivy Bridge lineup, but that might change in the coming months.
Hexus.net is reporting that a new FX SKU will be available soon, and in very limited quantities. Dubbed “Centurion,” this new FX chip is believed to be based on the same Vishera architecture as the flagship FX-8350. It’s also “guaranteed to run at 5GHz” with air cooling, and the specific mention of air leads one to believe there’s a lot of headroom once liquid cooling is factored in.
All this new information exists in the realm of believability, since FX chips are already running north of 4.0 GHz. The one part of the rumor to give us pause? The $795 price point, which would be a near-400 percent increase over other FX SKUs. It’s worth pointing out, as Hexus did, that this pricing does line up with the older, more revered FX chips from the mid-2000s.
We’ve reached out to AMD for comment, and we’ll update if we get a response.