During the 30 Years of Graphics & Gaming Innovation celebration on the weekend, AMD took the opportunity to announce several new models of FX Processors that will be coming to market soon. The new models announced are the FX-8320E, the FX-8370, and the FX-8370E. The E at the end represents a lower TDP than the normal model.

As this was not a true product launch, details were light, but based on previous releases of the FX processors we should be able to make some assumptions. The turbo clock speed was announced as 4.0 GHz for the FX-8230E which is the same as the older FX-8320 which is 3.5 GHz as a base, so we can assume the base clock will be 3.5 GHz. The FX-8370 and FX-8370E are new to the product lineup however, with an announced boost speed of 4.3 GHz for both. No base clock speed was revealed for these processors though, but the previously announced FX-8350 comes in at a base of 4.0 GHz, so the higher model number should be slightly higher than that.

AMD FX CPU Comparison
Release Date October 2012 August 2014 October 2012 August 2014 August 2014 June 2013
Modules 4
L1 Cache (Code) 256 KB
L1 Cache (Data) 128 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB
TDP 125 W 95 W 125 W 125 W 95 W 220 W
Base Frequency (MHz) 3500 3200 4000 4000 3300  4700
Turbo Frequency (MHz) 4000 4000 4200 4300 4300 5000
Core Name Vishera
Microarchitecture Piledriver
Socket AM3+
Memory Support DDR3-1866

The E designation is slightly interesting. As a tradeoff for a lower TDP of 95 watts versus the 125 watts of the standard CPU, only the amount of boost time is affected. Base and boost clocks are the exactly the same as non-E chips the base clock is lowered but the Turbo clock remains the same.

The final announcements on the FX side of the presentation were to do with pricing. The FX-9590 will see a “significant” price cut this month, and AMD will now offer CPUs in a six-pack bundle to offer a lesser price per chip when bought in a relatively small volume. Whether the price cut of the FX-9590 affects the rest of the lineup is unclear, but we should know more soon.


AMD has now announced the official clock speeds for the new processors. The table has been updated with the correct info now rather than the estimated info. Unfortunately someone at the AMD had some incorrect information and the base clocks of the E series chips is in fact lower, with the Turbo clocks being the same.

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  • barleyguy - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    Might be a nice upgrade from my FX-6300. I mainly use that machine for video encoding (Handbrake or Makemkv), so will be keeping an eye here for benchmarks.

    The 6-packs remind me of AMD in the late 90's. They used to have 5 packs, and they also came with a sheet of stickers for the front of machines. That was a popular option back when small computer stores were thriving... Buy 5 AMD processors, build 5 machines, post a sale sign, and profit. ;-)

    I'm not sure how much of that goes on nowadays. The small clone builder culture seems to have mostly dried up...
  • ayqazi - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    Wish they'd repackage these into FM2+ like those other FX CPUs they released, then we can use them on more modern motherboards with more form factor variety (I'm looking at you, mini-itx).
  • ayqazi - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    Whoops, I realised my mistake: I thought they had released FX parts on FM2+, they obviously haven't.
  • Flunk - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    I'd prefer they release A-series processors that totally blow the FX chips out of the water, then AMD can focus on one line of desktop processors instead of two.
  • Jumangi - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    They basically are. These are nothing more than slight updates to CPU's that came out almost 2 years ago. They have somewhat lower power usage which means pretty much nothing in the desktop world. It's AMD trying to milk a little more life out of a processor line that is basically dead now. The future is all about the A series for them.
  • Kjella - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    These very minor bumps come from power and frequency binning as well as slightly refined manufacturing tolerances. No new R&D went into making these chips, there's no architecture refinements and no process improvements. As for their remaining line of processors, they're basically laptop chips on steroids. Okay if you need on-board graphics but quoting the Anandtech review: "a dual-core Core i3 Haswell will deliver much better CPU performance than even the fastest Kaveri at a lower price." so if you care enough about graphics to get a discrete card you won't buy it. If you don't care about graphics at all, you won't buy it. I guess it's the cheap all-in-ones but it's the jack of all trades, master of none.
  • just4U - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    I'd take. A A8-7600 over any i3 on the market today.. the CPU may be slower but for most that's not going to be noticed....
  • flyingpants1 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    I'm sorry, what?
  • Masospaghetti - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    AMD's marketing is awful. I've rooted for them forever, but they must have a bunch of 10 year olds coming up with new names and brands.
  • Flunk - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - link

    New chips that slot into the middle of their product line aren't particularly exciting. 8350 + 100Mhz of turbo = 8370 I guess.

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