Just a few days ago, AMD's Roy Taylor posted a teaser image on his twitter page which showed an upcoming processor announcement. HardwareCanucks confirms that the teaser was indicating the relaunch of AMD's current flagship FX-9590 processor with liquid cooling system package.
AMD To Relaunch FX-9590 Flagship Piledriver Processor Liquid Cooling System
The FX-9590 processor which is based on the high-performance 32nm x86 Piledriver architecture was launched a year ago in June 2013. Back at that time, the processor became the first to achieve the 5 GHz core frequency as a standard operating clock speed however was met with criticism due to a price of $999 US and a 220W TDP for which the processor became unfit for regular air-cooled systems. In addition to that, the 5 GHz clock frequency although a huge figure in clocks still couldn't out-perform the mid-range Ivy Bridge-E offering which offers more performance due to a better optimized architecture and process design (32nm vs 22nm).
AMD’s Bernard Fernandes, senior spokesman for AMD, didn’t mince when talking about how the relaunched FX-9590 should be treated: “With a 5GHz boost clock and 8 powerful cores coupled with an effective cooling solution, it is our highest performance desktop processor. This is ideal for enthusiasts who want to build the best of AMD with an AMD Radeon R9 graphics card." via HardwareCanucks
Featuring support on the AM3+ socketed motherboards which are specially designed to fit these 220W monsters, the FX-9590 processor packs 8 cores and 8 threads with 8 MB of L3 cache, core clock of 4.7 GHz and boost clock of 5.0 GHz. The processor packs a TDP of 220W which is higher then Intel's first 8 core Haswell-E offering that will arrive in Q3 2014 with a TDP of 140W. At launch, AMD launched the FX-9590 and aggressively pitted it against the Ivy Bridge-E lineup which it failed to match and cut it down to the $300 - $350 US range in the following months. The processor can be bought for $320 US on retail stores around the world while the $360 US boxed variant which is arriving soon will be optimized for enthusiasts at only $40 US more cost.
Many people might have expected a new launch from AMD around the high-performance x86 segment but as AMD has stated several times before, they are currently focusing their efforts on the APU front since it has been more profitable for the restructuring company. The recent launch of Intel's Devil's Canyon processors which boast 4.4 GHz clock speed and the efficient Haswell microarchitecture which allows up to 5 GHz overclock of air cooling might have led AMD to relaunch their own 5 GHz processors which were introduced a year ago but failed to drag the same kind of attention as Intel CPUs do probably due to the failure to match expectation during the Bulldozer and Piledriver era. The Steamroller architecture which is a viable option for APUs has been built around a 28nm node from GlobalFoundaries which sacrifices clock speed to deliver more performance per clock. But we still have hopes for a high-performance x86 architecture from AMD as recently, Jim Keller confirmed that the company is developing a new built-from-scratch core that will be out in 2016 time frame while Excavator and several ARM and low-power cores will span the majority of 2014-2017 timeframe as a part of AMD's skybridge
|AMD FX-9590||AMD FX-9370||AMD FX-8350|
|Manufacture||32 nm SOI HKMG||32 nm SOI HKMG||32 nm SOI HKMG|
|Cores||8 pcs. (4 pcs. Modules)||8 pcs. (4 pcs. Modules)||8 pcs. (4 pcs. Modules)|
|CPU Clock Base||4.7 GHz||4.4 Ghz||4.0 GHz|
|CPU Turbo Core||5.0 GHz||4.7 GHz||4.2 GHz|
|L2 cache||4 x 2 MB||4 x 2 MB||4 x 2 MB|
|L3 cache||8 MB||8 MB||8 MB|
|Max. DDR3||1866 MHz||1866 MHz||1866 MHz|
|TDP||220 W||220 W||125 W|
|Base||AM3 +||AM3 +||AM3 +|