AMD is set to open the doors and unveil their latest CPU this week, the power efficient eight core AMD FX-8300 CPU will be released on the 29th of December 2012 and it certainly looking interesting from what we know so far.
So let’s take a look at what we do know about this new piece of hardware.
• Piledriver Architecture
• 3.30GHz Default Frequency
• 4.20Ghz Dynamic Overclock Frequency
• 8MB L2 Cache
• 8MB L3 Cache
• AM3+ Compatible
• 95W TDP
Sporting a 95W TDP, this chip will be idea for a lot of configurations and should prove easy to keep quiet and cool. That clock speed is also the highest of the FX-8350 range and the compatibility with AM3+ motherboards will certainly help with compatibility for many potential users.
The downside it seems is price, AMD are known for their great price vs. performance offerings and that is still something I expect is true here, but it’s still putting these at the upper price range of the AMD product line. The 95W TDP chip will be around ¥16980 in Japan and we expect that to be around $200 US, which translates to around £130, given the way our tax system works, that is likely to be more like £160 here in the UK. the 125W FX=8320 and FX-8350 still sit at $169 and $195 but its price vs. power efficiency and it’s debatable which is better value for money.
It will be interesting how these stack up to Intel's Core i3, i5 and maybe even i7 product ranges, although I don't expect them to be more power efficient that Intel's offerings, they could offer more CPU power for your money within similar power requirement targets.