AMD Officially Announces Steamroller Based Athlon X4 860K and Piledriver Based FX-8300 Processors At ChinaJoy 2014

Hassan Mujtaba

AMD has announced the Athlon X4 860K and FX-8300 processors on their booth at Chinajoy 2014. The event held in mainland China gives opportunities to several PC hardware companies to showcase their upcoming and latest products. The Athlon X4 860K is the flagship Athlon processor replacing the Athlon X4 760K while the FX-8300 for the Chinese market since it was already available.AMD Athlon X4 860K FX 8300 Processors

AMD Announces Steamroller Based Athlon X4 860K and Piledriver Based FX-8300 CPUs

The new processors are aimed at the FM2+ and AM3+ platforms, the Athlon chip will be the fastest Athlon series processor in AMD's lineup while the FX-8300 is a 95W chip with a sub-$150 price. Just yesterday, we also revealed that AMD has two other Athlon processors which have been listed are the Athlon X4 840 and Athlon X2 450.The Athlon X4 840 is a quad core processor featuring a 3.4 GHz clock speed, 2 MB L2 cache, 95W TDP while the Athlon X2 450 is a dual core steamroller based processor of which details are not known at the moment.

The AMD Athlon X4 860K processor codenamed as the Athlon X4 860K “AD860KXBI44JAA” will be the flagship part replacing the Athlon X4 760K from last year. The steamroller based Quad Core chip features four threads, 3.7 GHz clock speed, 2 MB L2 cache and a 95W TDP. The boost clock is not known but considering the A10-7850K which is also a 3.7 GHz clocked chip jumps to 4.0 GHz in boost mode, we can see a similar boost clock for the Athlon X4 860K.

The FX-8300 on the other hand is an old processor launched in the Chinese market featuring 8 Cores, 8 Threads, 3.3 GHz clock speed, 4.2 GHz boost clock, 8 MB L3 Cache and a 95W TDP compared to 125W on the FX-8350 that is the flagship Vishera SKU. The chip will be compatible with any AM3+ socketed motherboard and we expect to see two more FX processors in late Q3 2014 which will include the FX-8370 and FX-8320E. Prices for the processors are not known at the moment but sub-$150 range for these are expected. Along with the processors, AMD will also introduce a new Never Settle promotion exclusive to China which will digital currency in three titles which include DOTA 2 since that is one of the popular titles played in the region. You can check out the specifications of AMD's upcoming Athlon and upcoming Kaveri APUs below:

AMD Kaveri APU/Athlon 2014 Lineup:

Model AMD A10-7850K AMD A10-7700K AMD Athlon X4 860K AMD Athlon X4 840 AMD Athlon X4 550 AMD Athlon X4 530 AMD A10-7800 AMD A8-7600 AMD A6-7400K AMD A4-7300 AMD Athlon X2 450
Cores 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 2/2 2/2 2/2
Unlocked Design Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz? 3.4 GHz? 1.9 Ghz? 1.7 Ghz? 3.5 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz TBC
Turbo Clock 4.0 GHz 3.8 GHz ~4.0 GHz ~3.8 GHz ~2.2 ~2.0 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz TBC
HSA Support Yes Yes TBC TBC TBC TBC Yes Yes Yes Yes TBC
L2 Cache 4 MB 4 MB 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB 4 MB 4 MB 1 MB 1 MB 1 MB
Graphics Core Radeon R7 Radeon R7 N/A N/A N/A N/A Radeon R7 Radeon R7 Radeon R5 Radeon R5 N/A
Compute Units 8 6 4 4 4 4 8 6 4 3 2
GPU Cores 512 384 N/A N/A N/A N/A 512 384 256 192 N/A
GPU Clock 720 MHz 720 MHz N/A N/A N/A N/A 720 MHz 720 MHz TBA 514 MHz N/A
TDP 95W 95W 95W 95W 25W 25W 45W 45W 45W 45W? 65W
Launch 14th January 2014 14th January 2014 Q3 2014 Q3 2014 Q3 2014 Q3 2014 31st July 2014 31st July 2014 31st July 2014 Q3 2014 Q3 2014
Price $173 US $153 US TBA TBA TBA TBA $155 US $101 US $77 US TBA TBA

AMD ChinaJoy 2014 Event (Images Courtesy of PCPOP):AMD ChinaJoy 2014_1 AMD ChinaJoy 2014_2 AMD ChinaJoy 2014_3 AMD ChinaJoy 2014_4

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