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AMD Confirms FX-9000 Processors Will Not Be Available Individually For Consumers



/ 3 years ago

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AMD recently released two brand new processors to its FX portfolio. These consisted of the FX-9590 and the FX-9370 processors. Below is a quick recap of the details about those two processors from our previous article:

The FX-9590 and FX-9370 CPUs both run AMD Turbo Core 3.0 which allows the FX-9590 to turbo up to a maximum 5GHz and the FX-9370 to turbo up to a maximum 4.7GHz. According to AMD both these CPUs have eight Piledriver cores. The base clock of the FX-9590 is 4.7GHz while the base clock of the FX-9370 is 4.4GHz. Both have 8MB of L2 and L3 cache and reportedly support up to DDR3 2400MHz memory. Apparently the OEM/System integrator pricing for these CPUs is $800 for the FX-9590 and $400 for the FX-9370.

Up until now we weren’t sure if they would be system integrator exclusives or if they would be available to consumers as retail boxed units as well, but AMD has now confirmed the status of these new products. AMD have recently told the Tech Report that these new processors will not be available to consumers. In fact they are now going to be System Integrator parts ONLY. That means you can only buy these in pre-built systems, of course that probably won’t stop some people whipping these out of systems and putting them up on eBay, or even some system integrators selling them as OEM parts. However, AMD will endorse none of this and will not sell these as individual boxed retail units.

The reason for this all comes down to the 220W TDP. This creates motherboard compatibility issues and cooling solution issues. These concerns are explained more below, with a quote from our previous article:

There is some worry among motherboard vendors as most AM3+ motherboard sockets are only designed for around a 125W TDP with a little bit of overclocking headroom. Apparently the FX-9590 and FX-9370 have 220W TDPs meaning motherboard vendors will have to issue a compatibility announcement, some lower end and mid range motherboards just won’t have the VRM to support these new CPUs. Although if these CPUs are only released through the OEM system integrator channel, then compatibility issues shouldn’t be a problem as system builders will be given details on which motherboards they can put these CPUs in.

What are your thoughts on this?

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  • AGTDenton

    Yet another bonkers decision from AMD – Gaming enthusiasts will continue to steer clear. AMD are survived by Nintendo Wii/Wii-U, xBox ONE and PS4

  • Attermire

    pity, this chip would move their competitive edge up several notches, and create a nice surge in demand
    within the gaming niche, I’m sure the modding community could find support for the TDP issues from somewhere,
    bad marketing strategy AMD

  • RCraig

    AMD needs to make these available to the consumers. I’m sure motherboard manufacturers will indicate which of their products will be compatable with these processors. The consumer needs to be aware of the limitations and purchase their motherboard accordingly.

  • Robert Stoddard

    AMD needs to make these available to the consumers. most people who buy these cpus are not using low to mid grade MB they are using the high end stuff

  • Wayne

    Then I can’t see the sense in them releasing these parts. They are obviously high end parts that usually find favour with enthusiasts and as far as I know, enthusiasts usually prefer to ‘lovingly construct’ and tailor their machines to their liking, not just buy whatever gets thrown in their faces. Having said that I’m sure that sooner or later there will be boxed retail units and big mobo manufacturers will manufacture compatible boards.

  • Razvan

    Hello everybody. One thing I have to say this article is that the AMD FX-9590 will be sold to consumers and will come in the BOX edition but without a cooler(just the CPU) and I know 100% the it will work on 140W TDP mainboard already existing on the market includind ASUS,MSI,GIGABYTE and ASROCK 990FX cards . Furthermore it will have a required and recommended situation and it won’t come cheap either of them. Sorry about the mistery but the document that was provided to me is confidential but rest assured it will come to consumers and it will work on existing motherboards and yes it beats the 3960X and the 4770k on every level (games , price 990fx vs x79). The only problem is that it will require a big PSU(even at required) but that’s numbers on paper as even AMD or NVIDIA say 850W-1000W PSU for crossfire , sli but work great even on 750W. Anyway if u have any question regarding this product or the FX-9370 happy if I can answer you… Have a nice day…