Pre-order prices of AMD FX "Piledriver" CPUs

Next generation of AMD FX microprocessors is around the corner. Built on "Vishera" design, new FX chips will have from 4 to 8 CPU cores, and pack as much as 16 MB of combined L2 and L3 cache on a chip. The CPUs will feature better performance than the first Bulldozer models, partially due to more efficient "Piledriver" microarchitecture, and partially due to higher stock frequencies. The FX processors will be available in October, while some reports place the launch as early as October 1. October release date seems plausible considering the fact that the CPUs are already available for pre-order in US. ShopBLT currently offers FX-4300, FX-6300, FX-8320 and FX-8350 boxed FX processors, priced between $131 and $253:

Pre-order prices
of AMD Vishera FX processors

AMD "Piledriver" microarchitecture uses the concept of modules, as building blocks for FX microprocessors. Each module contains two CPU cores with L1 and L2 caches, with some resources shared between the cores. The processors have 2 modules or 4 cores on FX-4300 series, 3 modules on FX-6300 series, and FX-8300 series will pack 4 modules, which translates to 8 cores. The chips also have 8 MB shared L3 cache, with the exception of FX-4300, that has only 4 MB of last level cache. The FX parts run at frequencies from 3.5 GHz to 4 GHz. All processors support Turbo Core feature, which can dynamically bump core frequency up to 4 GHz or even a bit higher. More detailed specifications of FX-4300, FX-6300, FX-8320 and FX-8350 processors, and their pre-order prices are summarized below:

ModelBox OPNCoresFrequencyTurbo
FX-4300 FD4300WMHKBOX 4 3.8 GHz 4 GHz 4 MB 95 Watt $131.62
FX-6300 FD6300WMHKBOX 6 3.5 GHz 4.1 GHz 8 MB 95 Watt $175.77
FX-8320 FD8320FRHKBOX 8 3.5 GHz 4 GHz 8 MB 125 Watt $242.05
FX-8350 FD8350FRHKBOX 8 4 GHz 4.2 GHz 8 MB 125 Watt $253.06

Pre-order prices of 6- and 8-core parts seem too high, considering that the flagship FX-8150 is sold for $55 less in the same store. The second best upcoming AMD chip, FX-8320, should perform close (within 5% - 10%) to older FX-8150 model, however its pre-order price is about $45 higher. The only price, that makes sense, is $131 for the FX-4300 quad-core CPU. For reference, pre-order prices of the first generation of FX processors, codenamed "Zambezi", were on average $20 higher than official introduction prices.

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There are 11 comments posted

Nice server cpu but...

2012-09-20 17:40:42
Posted by: Compdoc

I've been building servers with AMD chips for years now. I'd love to use the FX series but there are no boards with 970/990 chipsets that include built-in video. Why would I want to waste a pci-e slot on a video card? I need those slots for raid and infiniband controllers. Luckily, until such boards are available, I can use a quad-core Trinity CPU along with the new socket FM2 boards coming. Should save some energy as well. If only there were 6 & 8 core Trinities. If only there were news on updated FX chipsets..

@ Compdoc, what?

2012-09-24 10:55:48
Posted by: ThatGuy

Who puts monitors on servers any more?

Even more so

2012-09-24 11:19:49
Posted by: Anonymoose

Who builds servers without ECC memory!?!

Error-correcting code memory

2012-09-26 03:14:43
Posted by: Amd fan

idk... it sounds like it will slow down the ram by a bit

@ Compdoc

2012-09-26 12:28:42
Posted by: Moonpuppy

Not sure you would be driving my data center with that thinking... yikes!

what does ecc do for you?

2012-10-01 14:49:38
Posted by: Compdoc

I have several servers running 24/7 with and without ecc ram. No crashes, no corrupted data. Small businesses are price sensitive, so why spend the money?

Said nothing about a monitor...

2012-10-01 14:44:38
Posted by: Compdoc

what computer boots without a graphics card, headless or not?

Graphics card.

2012-10-06 16:47:53
Posted by: SlitazMint

Mine does.


2012-10-08 18:31:29
Posted by: Techie

mine does, or did till i upgraded

Solution to AMD server crisis:

2012-09-20 21:15:00
Posted by: Nicholas Johnson

Grab a good USB 3.0 to VGA or DVI adaptor. I do not know about their compatibility as the primary monitor and on boot but that is my two bobs worth. Good luck. Remember AMD is not bad, Bulldozer slams the heck out of previous extreme Intel Nehalem CPUs and for a fraction of the price. (Intel Core i7 975 Extreme). They are just a little bit too late, that is all.

Pre Order Price Change

2012-10-18 05:53:35
Posted by: zaheer

BLT have dropped the pre order price by $50. FX 8350 now for 209 dollars!

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