AMD releases new FX processors, trims prices

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As Computex 2013 draws nearer, AMD is dropping prices, introducing some new processors, and clearing out stock of old products in order to streamline their consumer and commercial channels.

The company has announced two new additions to the FX processor family. The FX-400 quad-core and the FX-6300 six-core are being replaced by the FX-4350 and the FX-6350 respectively. More details follow in the table below.

Processor
Cores Clocks Turbo L3 cache TDP (W)
Price
AMD FX-4300
4 3.8 GHz 4.0 GHz 4 MB 95 Watt $122
AMD FX-4350
4 4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz 8 MB 125 Watt $122
AMD FX-6300
6 3.5 GHz 4.1 GHz 8 MB 95 Watt $132
AMD FX-6350
6 3.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 8 MB 125 Watt $132

The new processors are introduced at the same price as their predecessors, but they’re faster and have higher Turbo clocks. The TDP (thermal design power) does change, moving from 95W ratings to 125W for both new chips. This is unlikely going to actually increase energy consumption all that much. AMD in this case, may just be racketing up the TDP to over-provision so that customers don’t put on smaller CPU coolers that aren’t designed to dissipate heat well.

A curious upgrade is the bump in L3 cache memory for the FX-4350. It now has 8MB compared to 4MB and the reason for this may be that it’s a disabled six-or-octa-core processor with one or two Piledriver modules disabled. AMD may even be merely producing octo-core chips in its entire FX lineup from now on and some details add up – the FX-8350 has 8MB of L3 cache and a 125W TDP. Standard clock rates are 4.0GHz with Turbo up to 4.2GHz, so that matches up well with the new FX-6350.

AMD is also trimming the tray prices for its processors, dropping the RRP by as much as 19% for some models.

Processor
Old Price
New Price
Change in %
AMD A6-3600 (Llano)
$95 $77 19%
AMD A8-3800 (Llano) $105 $91 13%
AMD A8-3820 (Llano)
$115 $101 12%
AMD A6-5400K (Tiniity)
$67 $57 15%
AMD A8-5500 (Trinity)
$101 $91 10%
AMD A8-5600K (Trinity)
$101 $91 10%
AMD FX-4300 (Piledriver)
$122 $108 11%
AMD FX-6300 (Piledriver)
$132 $112 15%
AMD FX08320 (Piledriver)
$169 $153 9%
AMD Phenom II x4 965 (Deneb)
$91 $81 11%

Take note that these are tray prices. A tray is 1,000 chips and they’re typically sold like that for bulk orders to OEMs and businesses who buy many processors at the same time and will use their own cooling methods.

This doesn’t directly affect retailers or retail prices but you can be sure that at some point AMD will make some changes to the retail prices as well to ramp up sales. They are still trying to get rid of Llano stock and the old Phenom II chips, even though the latter is still very popular with gamers on a low budget.

Sources: CPU World. PC Perspective

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