AMD FX "Vishera" processors listed online, pricing revealed

By on September 25, 2012, 11:30 AM

With the next generation of AMD FX-Series set to arrive soon, online store BLT has started to take pre-orders for the new “Vishera” chips, revealing their expected pricing in the process. The store lists four different models: the FX-8350, FX8320, FX-6300 and FX-4300 at $253, $242, $175 and $131, respectively. If accurate, the former two are about $10 to $40 pricier than their AMD FX "Zambezi" counterparts at launch.

For reference, the fastest “Zambezi” APU, the FX 8150, currently sells for $190 at Newegg.

The upcoming processors incorporate AMD's "Piledriver" architecture, and include an eight-core, six-core, and four-core part for starters, featuring 125W or 95W TDPs and up to 4.2GHz clock speeds. The FX-8350 leads the pack with eight cores, a base frequency of 4.0GHz or 4.2GHz in Turbo mode, and 16 MB of total cache. Another eight-core chip, the FX-8320, is slightly cheaper but its cores run at 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo).

For buyers looking to spend a bit less, the FX-6300 features six cores running at 3.5GHz or 4.1GHz in Turbo mode and 14MB total cache, while the FX-4350 packs four cores clocked at 3.8GHz or 4GHz in Turbo mode and 8MB of total cache. These chips also require less power than their eight-core siblings: 95W versus 125W.

The new chips are expected to provide about a 10- to 15-percent performance boost over Bulldozer, in part due to the more efficient "Piledriver" microarchitecture and also due to the higher stock frequencies. As other FX-Series processors, these will feature unlocked multipliers for easier overclocking.

AMD hasn’t revealed a launch date yet but the new FX Series chips are widely expected to arrive in October.




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VitalyT VitalyT said:

Not if they call it FX Viagra, thank you.

veLa veLa said:

Let's hope these don't end up being a huge disappointment

Guest said:

Vishera? I thought it would be like tractor, caterpillar, jackhammer, nutcracker, etc that sounds like other heavy construction machine

Guest said:

The FX 8350 is $60.00 more than the FX 8150. The price difference is about 30% higher; so does 30% price increase equal to 30% more performance?

And what about some benchmarks at very minimum to qualify this cpu as a better option than the current FX model?

Guest said:

Vishera sera, whatever will be, will be.

the future's not ours to see.

wth, it's que sera, sera.

and it will still be crushed by ivy bridge.

and amd will "crush" intel's graphics offering, as if enthusiasts will buy ivy bridge for its hd graphics.

and the winners will be intel and discrete gpu by nvidia or amd...

amd needs to move fast and efficient for real competition to take place.

Puiu Puiu said:

The FX 8350 is $60.00 more than the FX 8150. The price difference is about 30% higher; so does 30% price increase equal to 30% more performance?

And what about some benchmarks at very minimum to qualify this cpu as a better option than the current FX model?

we'll if the architecture is ~15% more efficient and it it has a higher frequency then maybe it can reach the 30% increase in performance. or can reach about 20% while consuming less power. we'll just have to wait and see.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

The FX 8350 is $60.00 more than the FX 8150. The price difference is about 30% higher; so does 30% price increase equal to 30% more performance?

FX-8150 launch MSRP $240. Actual initial (r)etail pricing ~$280. The $253 for the FX-8350 may not represent AMD's MSRP since the prices are sourced from an online etailer.

Basically you can't infer too much regarding the performance delta between the two CPU's based on such a paucity of information.

As for benchmarks, you'll have to wait a few weeks for sanctioned reviews*. Scuttlebutt has it that review samples are already out to some reviewers with an official launch date approx. 18 October.

*Preliminary testing with engineering samples is available on the net. One such thread is at OCN devoted to Coolaler's benchmarking. Be aware that the ES sample may differ in functionality to the retail samples. BIOS will also undoubtably be more refined on the shipping boards...hopefully the debacle of Bulldozer and the Asus Crosshair V with the Three Stooges Edition BIOS won't be repeated.

Coolaler's results condensed into an easy to read format:

Whatever the reviews bring, you can bank on only two sure outcomes- that Intel trolls attempt to turn every review forum into a repository for fail gifs and SuperPi benchmarks, while AMD trolls petulantly rail against the Intel compiler conspiracy, and vow (on AMD's behalf) supremacy for some future yet-to-be-defined Sunnyvale CPU.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Rumors has it that Vishera will gain 50% IPC improvements after a Windows Patch and a hotfix.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Rumors has it that Vishera will gain 50% IPC improvements after a Windows Patch and a hotfix.

Well played. Still if Bulldozer can "achieve" 50% over Phenom II and Core i7, surely Vishera should be aimed at triple figures...

I've heard it stated (as opposed to rumoured) that by the time AMD has three revisions of Bulldozer µarch out, IPC will have increased by 400% , that is only a matter of time before AMD crushes Intel, and that AMD's apparent missteps -late to market/dodgy execution etc., are just pieces of a cunning plan to lull Intel into a false sense of security (R3D, SA, TPU).

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