AMD reveals 5GHz FX CPU, but won't be selling it to the public

Ben Parfitt
AMD reveals 5GHz FX CPU, but won't be selling it to the public

A new flagship PC processor is on the way from AMD… although you won’t be able to buy it.

The freshly announced AMD FX-9590 offers eight unlocked cores with an incredible boost clock of 5GHz. Also on the way is a slightly toned down version called the FX-9370 that offers a boost clock of 4.7GHz.

Base clocks for the pair come in at 4.7GHz and 4.4GHz respectively.

There’s a trade-off for the impressive performance, however. Both are expected to pack a TDP of 220W (in others words, they will operate at extremely high temperatures) and will as a result require some significant cooling solutions to operate. Indeed, it’s likely that machines hoping to offer either CPU will need to be custom built to accommodate their significant cooling requirements.

That’s possibly why AMD has revealed that neither chip is currently scheduled for a retail release for the public and are instead being reserved for system builds. This could, of course, change at some point in the future.

The first system builds boasting the chips are expected to arrive some time “this summer”.

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Tags: pc , cpu , fx , amd , 5ghz , fx-9590 , fx-9370

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