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Something pretty strange happened today, apparently Nvidia has agreed to support Adoptive Sync (the technology behind AMD’s FreeSync). Nvidia has been acting pretty interestingly lately. They not only released amazingly priced GPUs but are now going to support a direct competitor of G-Sync.AMD Freesync TechSpot Image

AMD FreeSync Gets Nvidia Support – Adaptive Sync Tech Supported by Both Giants Now

Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync are technologies aimed at eliminating the obstacles faced by current display technologies. With this tech, you should be able to view a very low fps or very high fps output without it having stuttering, delay, tearing and much more. Basically, something that should have been common place by now but really isn’t. However, G-Sync and FreeSync work completely differently and have not yet been compared side by side in real life. This is because of the lack of Adaptive Sync enabled monitors in the market.

However, it would appear that Nvidia has surprisingly agreed to giving Adaptive Sync and therefore FreeSync its full support. It has also hinted that G-Sync would be a superior alternative and appears to be quite confident in that statement. Although since FreeSync is now part of the VESA standard, it kinda makes sense that Nvidia has agreed to this. By the way, all this was revealed at a secret press conference in San Fransico during GAME24 as reported by Sweclockers.com. There is a relative lack of information surrounding this development but since the folks over at Sweclockers personally attended this event, it is certainly not a rumor.

The publication also states that the new Maxwell GPUs will support the same. This is conjunction with AMD’s offering since very specific GPUs will have FreeSync capability. Quoting TTR: “That means brand-new cards like the Radeon R9 280, 280X, 270, and 270X won’t be FreeSync-capable. Nor will any older Radeons in the HD 7000 and 8000 series. AMD tells us these prior-gen GPUs don’t have the necessary support for the latest DisplayPort standard.

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The 2014-2016 roadmap for AMD’s Embedded solutions has been leaked. The AMD Embedded Solutions business unit relies almost entirely on products designed for AMD’s “Client” segment. So you can rest assured that any product making its way towards the embedded market will make its way to store shelves for ordinary consumers first.

AMD Embedded Solutions 2012-2016 Roadmap

AMD Embedded Roadmap 2014-2016 Leaked – 20nm APUs and SOCs Revealed

The company is planning to introduce two new x86 APU families and one new ARM APU family in 2015. The leak includes new insight into AMD’s next generation high-performance and low power APUs. It also gives us a timeline for AMD’s next generation graphics. The lineup is stacked into five tiers, the top tier R-Series are the high performance scalable CPUs which will replace the Opteron 6300 and 4300 Series embedded processors. The series is denoted by AMD R-Series “A” while the AMD R-Series “X” family is the x86 APUs and SOCs stack. There are four R-Series APUs/SOCs which include Eternity, Bald Eagle, Merlin Falcon and Heirofalcon which are detailed below:

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Update: Looks like the fight has officially begun and this launch is looking more like the announcement of a new generation of graphics cards as noted in a statement by AMD’s Roy Taylor.

AMD might be getting ready for a new product announcement which could either be a CPU or a GPU. As tweeted by AMD’s India page, it looks like AMD has a special announcement coming on 25th September 2014 which might be related to a new graphics processing unit or a new FirePro product so let’s hop in and find the possibilities of what this launch could be related to.AMD FutureisAMD

AMD Might Be Announcing Next Generation Product on 25th Septemeber

The AMD GPU related teaser comes in just one day after NVIDIA unleashed their Maxwell graphics card which include the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 in the graphics industry ushering a new era of powerful and highly efficient graphics cards. But looks like NVIDIA isn’t the only one with new announcement at hand and AMD might possibly have an answer to that coming soon. The tweet is pretty simple but looks like AMD is once again using their pills campaign to market the new GPUs. You can see the tweet below before we move into a deeper analysis on what’s going on:

 

As you can note, there are two pills in the marketing slide. One is colored blue and one is colored red. Now first of all, there was a pills related marketing campaign which AMD ran a long time ago during the launch of the HD 7770 GHz graphics card. The Verdetrol pills were used as a teaser for the launch of the first GHz edition graphic card from AMD but they did another teaser with the Radeon R9 295X2 where they used two packs of chips and a water bottle to indicate their water cooled dual GPU solution. The same can be seen here, there’s a red pill which might indicate a water cooling solution such as the one that was leaked a while ago and the red pill may indicate the Radeon chip which will be used to power the graphics card based on the GCN architecture. So it could be related to a new graphics launch as AMD was rumored to launch the Radeon R9 285X sometime in late September as earlier rumors indicate however the launch might possibly be related to a new product which we haven’t hear of before.

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In case you’ve missed it Videocardz.com put out a story yesterday claiming that AMD may have cancelled the R9 285X. The claim is based off a tweet sent out by AMD’s Robert Hallock (@Thracks) . AMD made it quite clear in the tweet that there’s only going to be the R9 285. This basically confirms what Videocardz.com has said doesn’t it ? the 285X was obviously cancelled… Well actually no, it doesn’t and here’s why.

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R9 285X Was Never Cancelled Because it Never Existed in the First Place

The AMD Radeon R9 285X is a card that was solely conjured by media speculation, it was never announced by AMD. When the R9 285 was released in early September the media was told that the Tonga GPU actually has 32 compute units in total. Which amounts to 2048 GCN cores, 256 GCN cores more than what the R9 285 has.
Extremetech.com said the following in their R9 285 review.

AMD has confirmed to us that the new chip has 32 CUs total (with 28 functional), implying that AMD has the option to bring a new version of the core out if it chooses to do so

This obviously meant that there was going to be another card later on which makes use of the fully unlocked Tonga chip. The media assumed that this chip would be the R9 285X. It’s a fair assumption, logically there’s really nothing wrong with it except that it remains an assumption. We’ve reached out to AMD and according to them an R9 285X graphics product officially doesn’t exist.

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AMD announced in late august that it would introduce a new type of bundle specifically targeted towards system builders. These bundles are officially called “Power Packs” and they include six processors in one box. The media jokingly referred to it as a six pack. Anandtech has published an excellent interview with AMD’s Adam Kozak who’s a Product Marketing Manager for the company. The interview sheds some light on previously unmentioned details of the new bundle.

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AMD Processors at a Discount for System Builders

The first batch would feature the Richland based Athlon 760K quad core CPU and the Richland based 6600K A8 class APU. This new bundle is focused on relatively smaller system builders that would usually buy boxed CPUs to build systems with. Larger builders would usually resort to buying trey processors without the standard heatsink that comes in the box but would instead add their own cooling solutions. This bundle doesn’t necessarily target those types of system builders according to AMD.

What is the expected discount to be over buying them separately?
Currently the difference between PIB and Tray is 5-10% depending on the APU, so the Power Packs will be somewhere in the middle of that, to both offset the semi-bulk purchasing with coolers and without a large chunk of the packaging that might come with a PIB version. Exact discounts will vary between regions.

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One of the best things about a new graphics card launch is that the current ones get massive price cuts prior to their competitors arrival. While AMD officially released a statement that they won’t offer or change the pricing structure of their Radeon graphics cards, retailers have now started offering their own price cuts on the Radeon R9 290X graphics card with the prices being slashed down to as low as $449 US from its original MSRP of $549 as reported by TechpowerUp.Radeon R9 290X $449 US

AMD Radeon R9 290X Receiving Price Cuts From Retailer Prior To GTX 980 Launch

Going over at Xbitlabs reveal that AMD actually made a statement that they have no plans to consider the price model that currently exists for the Radeon graphics cards. What AMD doesn’t know that the pricing has already been slashed on various cards over the last two months and prior to the launch of their Tonga based Radeon R9 285 graphics card. AMD even goes to state that their Radeon R9 295X2 will stick to the $1499 US range while it has been adjusted to $999 US in several markets and that was officially confirmed by AMD. AMD also seems to have forgotten about the Radeon R9 280 (Tahiti Pro) which was launched at $249 but now is officially targeted at $229 US while its spot is taken over by the Radeon R9 285. Similarly, the Radeon R9 280X has been slashed down to $279 US and will make way for the Radeon R9 285X (Tonga XT) at $299 US. All of these little and huge price bumps have happened over the last two months which suggest something is going on over at team red.

One possibility, which seems to be most likely is that NVIDIA is going to introduce their GeForce Maxwell based cards during the next couple of weeks. Starting with the $499 US GeForce GTX 980, the lineup will include the $349 US GeForce GTX 970 and $299 US GeForce GTX 960. From what we know, AMD has nothing to compete against these cards till Q4 2014 / Q1 2015. So price cuts now make sense for the company. The most biggest price cut is for the Radeon R9 290X which is slashed by $100 US since it is going against the GeForce GTX 980. The GeForce GTX 980 has already been said to be faster than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and the Radeon R9 290X does end up slightly lower in terms of performance compared to the GTX 780 Ti. The GeForce GTX 980 retails at $499 US which takes away the point of buying a card slower and expensive then its competition.

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AMD’s GCN core architecture has spanned the industry for a good three years and the latest revision, known as the Volcanic islands was launched last year during October. AMD is gradually putting new updates in their cards lineup with the new Tonga based Radeon R9 285 and the flagship Radeon R9 295X2 but it seems like we will be looking at a major update from AMD during the next couple of months.AMD Radeon R9 390X

AMD’s Next Generation GCN Based Graphics Card Might Feature Modified Hydra Cooling Solution

There are two reasons to believe this, one being the fact that a mysterious and new cooling solution just ended up on Baidu Chinese forums (spotted by Videocardz) and the second is AMD themselves who have hinted to a major launch related to graphics cards during the next two months. In October last year, AMD announced their GPU14 event where they showcased and announced their current Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 series cards that feature an updated GCN core architecture. While the bulk of the graphics cards were based on an older core architecture (Southern Islands; Tahiti/Pitcairn/Cape Verde) the lineup also introduced some new parts such as the flagship Hawaii, performance oriented Tonga, budget level Bonaire and entry level Oland chips. It will be a year since AMD has introduced most of their lineup next month and will probably be the best time for AMD to offer new replacements.

But there are two speculations, whether AMD will bring up a new naming scheme for the cards or stick to the current naming. That’s the one thing we should focus on since the specifications available at the moment are very sparse since industry’s focus is shifted towards NVIDIA and their latest Maxwell cards. This could also be a main factor which drives the need for a new lineup, as everyone knows, Maxwell is a new GPU core and the preliminary data shows GM204 to be much more efficient then anything on the market matching the speeds and performance of GeForce GTX 780 Ti and even out performing it by a good margin from the final results seen. Now the question is whether AMD’s new lineup is focused to tackle Maxwell or its more of a refresh of the current Radeon R9 200 and Radeon R7 200 series cards.

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News just broke during the Deutsche Bank 2014 Technology Conference of AMD’s new x86 CPU core.  The CEO of the company Rory Read has just revealed the next generation high performance x86 core that has been referred to as the sister core of K12. The new core is called “Zen” internally by AMD & will debut alongside K12 in early 2016 as we’ve reported earlier.

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AMD’s Next Gen x86 High Performance Core is Code Named “Zen”

Rumors of “Zen” have been floating around for quite sometime now but we did not wish to report on it without confirmation. So it’s quite the relief that we got to confirm this for you our readers straight from the mouth of AMD’s top executive.

Rory Read at the Deustche Bank 2014 Technology Conference :

Everyone knows that Bulldozer was not the game changing part when it was introduced three years ago. We have to live with that for four years but Zen, K12 we went out and got Jim Keller we went out and got Raja Koduri from Apple, Mark Papermaster, Lisa sue. We are building now our next generation graphics and compute technology that customers are very interested in and they’ll ( referring to the next generation graphics and compute architecture) move to the next generation node and they’ll be ready to go.

Rory mentions Zen once again near the end of the interview

There’s very few people who know how to create server chips, you know Jim Keller has a lot of experience in that space.
You get Zen and K12. Capture ARM before it happens. I can swim backwards on mobility and try and go into cell phones, when the margins are going down and the competition is tough or we can try and look out and say where are the opportunities ? and Lisa and her team are identifying. That’s how we’ve transformed AMD. Better efficiency, better model, look to the future.

ARM architecture leadership, x86 architecture big leap forward and we do it in a package where we’ve had very good conversations with the OEMs in the server space and with the customers. And we tested it because if we didn’t see that acceptance we would’ve ended the business a year ago. But we saw that opportunity and we saw the opportunity to rebuild that and to do it in a more consistent way and I think the next generation technology will position us. Now we have to execute and deliver.

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Rory Read AMD’s Chief Executive Officer revealed in an interview with Bloomberg that AMD is targeting the first quarter of 2016 for product launches based on AMD’s latest technologies. Stating that AMD will have to endure some rough patches in the next 18 months before the new designs begin to bolster sales.

AMD is currently working on multiple product designs that will utilize new technologies. Those include two custom high performance CPU cores both ARM & X86 based, 3D stacked High-Bandwidth Memory or HBM for short, Processor-in-Memory or PIM for short and advanced 14nm FinFET manufacturing process.

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K12 & Sister X86 Core Confirmed to be Coming in Early 2016

Rory reaffirmed that the product roadmap & launch schedule is much more reliable than ever before. With AMD engineers proving they can deliver new designs on time.
AMD still has several upcoming products before we see K12 in the first quarter of 2016. Carrizo APUs are coming next year along with new 20nm pin compatible x86 & ARM SOCs. However we won’t see next generation high performance FX CPU products until 2016. This was previously confirmed by AMD’s CVP & GM of the client division Bernd Lienhard during a Q&A session in APU14.

AMD’s FX series of processors has been relatively less active, what’s the plan for the future?

Lienhard: Last year we introduced the Piledriver architecture and achieved good market performance,we see about 30% growth. Kaveri also used the updated Steamroller architecture.

Within two years you will definitely see an update to the FX series in the high-performance market segment.

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Matrox is a very old niche video solutions company and they have recently revealed that AMD is on-board to help them produce the next generation of Matrox GPUs. These GPUs are going to be used mostly for massive Multi-Screen setups and analog specific video editing.

Matrox Millenium GPUA Matrox Millenium GPU from 1994. Copyright: VGAMuseum

Matrox Graphics Chooses AMD Chips to Power its Professional GPUs

[Dramatization] Introducing the Matrox Millennium GPU powered by the IS Storm Core. Clocked at an insane frequency of 50 Mhz and powered with a 32 Bit VGA core  this is the card for your 2d and 3d Graphics needs. The Matrox Millennium rocks a massive 8MB of SGRAM. Supporting resolutions of upto 1600×1200 in 256 Colors and DOS Performance of 6100 in PC Bench 9.0, this is the best your money can buy!

Not a lot of people know about Matrox but it is a very very special company in the tech world. Back in the golden age, Matrox was a high-end 2d graphics company right there with our giant duo and the legendary 3dfx. Notably, it released the Matrox Millennium GPUs that could be considered the ‘Titans’ of the 1990s. However with the revolution of the 3d Graphics, Matrox started lagging behind its rival siblings. It decided to quit and focus only on niche markets leaving 3dfx, Nvidia and AMD alone in the ring.

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The folks over at TheTechReport seem to have spotted something interesting regarding AMD’s FreeSync technology. It would appear that not all AMD GPUs are supported and the only confirmed entrants are Hawaii and Tonga, namely R9 285, R9 290 and R9 290X.  Needless to say Nvidia GPUs won’t be supported either.AMD Freesync TechSpot Image

Only Latest AMD Silicon Will Support FreeSync Technology – R9 285, R9 290 and R9 290X Included

You will probably remember that FreeSync is AMD’s literal answer to Nvidia’s Proprietary G-Sync technology. It was previously thought that FreeSync would be supported on any silicon once the display port was standardized but it looks like there are some architectural changes that matter as well. Which would mean that FreeSync is not entirely code and port standards. Here is a quote I copied from TTR “That means brand-new cards like the Radeon R9 280, 280X, 270, and 270X won’t be FreeSync-capable. Nor will any older Radeons in the HD 7000 and 8000 series. AMD tells us these prior-gen GPUs don’t have the necessary support for the latest DisplayPort standard.

G-Sync and FreeSync are very important to the PC Gaming scene primarily because technologies such as these mean game changing mechanics in different portions. For example, lower frame counts are easier to digest and look more natural if the GPU output rate matches the screen exactly. Though both have different approaches, the idea remains the same, with one being proprietary and the other being open and free. Variable Refresh Rates are undoubtedly trending in Display Technology, probably right there with 4K. Though there hasn’t been a show down between the red tinted and green tinted technologies yet, FreeSync was (and still is) a really great effort to standardize perfect syncing. However by the looks of it, there might be some time left before that happens. I mentioned previously that the total cost of FreeSync is around $10 but that is the MSRP and the AIBs are completely free to charge you any amount of premium they want.

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The last AMD announcement for today is the new x86 Piledriver CPU refresh which includes the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX-8320E processors. The new FX CPU refresh comes four months after Intel launched their very own Haswell Refresh lineup which includes the Devil’s Canyon processor. Rather than focusing on performance, AMD targets Intel with their brute pricing model which offers users a 4.4 GHz clock chip with 8 Cores at a low price of $199.99 US.AMD FX-8370 FX Piledriver Price

AMD Launches x86 Piledriver Based 125W FX-8370 and 95W FX-8370E, FX-8320E

Back at the Radeon event held last week, AMD demonstrated a live overclocking preview of the FX-8370 processor where renowned overclocker “Chew” from Xtremesystems overclocked the chip past 8 GHz and even got to see a overclock world record of the FX-8370 a few days from overclocker “The Stilt” who had the chip clocked at an impressive 8.7 GHz on liquid nitrogen cooling. The show detailed nothing else regarding the FX processors but we already had received information on the new refresh chips prior to event so let’s do a quick run through of what we are looking at today.

Let’s get started with the FX-8370 now which will become the flagship x86 Piledriver processor of the original FX-8000 lineup until AMD plans to launch a new processor line (hopefully no refresh). AMD does have steamroller but they aren’t focusing it towards the high-end desktop market instead focusing it towards the APU market with their Kaveri APUs and Athlon processors. The FX-8370 is clocked at 4.30 GHz base and 4.40 GHz boost clock and ships with a 8 MB L3 cache, 8 cores. 125W TDP and a price of $189 US. The FX-8370E on the other hand has the same specifications aside from the 3.3 GHz core and 4.3 GHz clock speeds maintaining a TDP of 95W. Both the FX-8370 and FX-8370E are priced at $199.99 US.

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Today seems to be an interesting day for AMD announcements since the company has not only launched the Radeon R9 285 graphics cards and FX-8000 series processors but they are also offering a promo on the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. Available through specific retailers, the new promotional price which is open to all and not just OEMs will allow users to grab the flagship enthusiast graphics card for a low price of $999 US.

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AMD Promo Offers You The Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics Card For $999 US

AMD has officially announced this promotional deal which will last for a while through specific retailers which will soon have the deals up on their end. The promotional is open to all which include end users like consumers and OEMs too. So we may see some lower priced OEM PCs with the Radeon R9 295X2 in a matter of days. The Radeon R9 295X2 is currently AMD’s flagship graphics card and is also the fastest graphics card on the planet. It was originally launched at a price of $1499 US compared to the $2999 US price of its direct competitor, the GTX Titan Z from NVIDIA which offers just around the same performance. The price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z was also recently dropped to 37% at $1830 US however compared to the promotional deal of the Radeon R9 295X2, that is still $830 more for a asking price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z.

I think the $999 US is a great price for the card since who doesn’t like the Radeon R9 295X2? It looks good, runs great and performs exceptionally well at 4K. The Radeon R9 295X2 was a huge engineering feat from the AMD team since its just mind boggling how they were able to run two hot Hawaii cores on a single PCB clocked up to 1018 MHz. The cooling assembly and the heatsink were a great achievement by team Red and we can’t wait to see a similar cooling design on the single chip GPUs in the future.

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Last week, AMD held a “30  Years of Radeon Graphics and Gaming Commemoration” event where the chip maker announced the latest Radeon R9 285 graphics card. Featuring the new and improved GCN architecture, the Radeon R9 285 launches today with several technology innovations such as Mantle, DirectX 12 support and boasting performance to drive gaming at 2K resolutions.
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AMD Launches Tonga Powered Radeon R9 285 Graphics Card At $249 US

The event revealed most of the details regarding the technical features of the card itself but there were still some hidden bits which have been found in the presentation slide. For starters, Tonga GPU isn’t a consumer only card but it has already been part of the FirePro family for a few weeks since AMD initially introduced the Tonga chip on their latest FirePro W7100 professional graphics card. While previously speculated as AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s highly efficient GM107 architecture, Tonga GPU turns out to be the modest architecture evolution of Tahiti with the same great performance in gaming while featuring some of the new technological enhancements featured on the Hawaii cards such as TrueAudio, improved L2 cache, a reconfigured compute architecture. In general, the Tonga GPU improved the GCN architecture that was a part of Tahiti since the last two and half years.

Getting right in to the technical aspects of the card, the Radeon R9 285 will feature 28 Compute Units which mean we are looking at a total of 1792 stream processors, 112 texture mapping units and 32 raster operation units. The Radeon R9 285 also comes with an interesting memory scheme, sticking with just 2 GB VRAM that operates along a 256-bit bus interface rather than 3 GB VRAM (384-bit bus) on the Tahiti cards. AMD did learn a few things from NVIDIA over the Kepler generation that they can limit the need for a higher memory bus by reducing the load on the memory bandwidth. NVIDIA’s Kepler generation of graphics cards were criticized for featuring a lower memory bus but they still featured good gaming performance up till 2K resolution. AMD has resolved this issue to some extent by introducing the Color Compression algorithm in their GCN architecture which offers 40% higher memory bandwidth efficiency which stores the color data from the frame buffer in a lossless compressed format deliver more bandwidth output in gaming and performance oriented tasks then Tahiti based predecessors.

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During AMD’s 30 years of graphics innovation event AMD’s Finnish overclocking team was able to achieve a new CPU frequency world record. Hitting an exceptionally impressive 8.722Ghz with all 8 cores enabled on the upcoming FX 8370 CPU.

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FX 8370 Hits Highest Eight Core CPU Frequency Ever Recorded

Liquid Nitrogen cooling was used to achieve this frequency at a staggeringly high voltage of 2.004 V. The motherboard used was the Crosshair Formula-Z from Asus with 8GB of memory operating in dual channel mode at 2218Mhz in addition to an Asus DCUII R9 290X graphics card. This is the highest overclock ever recorded on an eight core CPU with all of its cores enabled. Which is quite an achievement besting the previous world record of 8.41Ghz on an eight core CPU with all cores enabled held by Smoke by over 300mhz.

Andre Yang, a famous overclocker, managed to push an FX 8350 to 8794Mhz. Which is still the highest frequency ever achieved but it was only on two cores out of the eight. At this rate I wouldn’t be surprised to see the overclocking community break the 9Ghz barrier shortly after they get their hands on the upcoming FX 8370.



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