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AMD Launches the FX-4350 and FX-6350 Piledriver CPUs

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The latest additions to AMD's FX series of CPUs are essentially faster and hungrier versions of the FX-4300 and FX-6300 processors.

AMD has refreshed its lineup of FX processors with the launch of the FX-4350 and FX-6350, which are both based on the “Piledriver” architecture, feature an AM3+ socket, and support the “latest instructions including AVX and FMA3.”

The new CPUs can essentially be viewed as faster and less energy-efficient versions of their predecessors since both the FX-4350 and FX-6350 feature a 400 MHz increase in base clock and 30 W higher TDP than the FX-4300 and FX-6300, respectively.

A summary of the new processors' specifications and their respective retail prices are tabulated below.

SKU

Cores

Clock

Turbo Clock

L3 cache

TDP

Price

FX-4300

4

3.8 GHz

4.0 GHz

4 MB

95 Watt

$122

FX-4350

4

4.2 GHz

4.3 GHz

8 MB

125 Watt

$122

FX-6300

6

3.5 GHz

4.1 GHz

8 MB

95 Watt

$132

FX-6350

6

3.9 GHz

4.2 GHz

8 MB

125 Watt

$132

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    vmem , April 30, 2013 12:04 PM
    cmon, less piledriver refresh, more steamroller development!!!
    on a side note, these FX-chips look better and better for the budget builder
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    SR-71 Blackbird , April 30, 2013 12:06 PM
    I agree , on a budget , gotta love them!
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    SR-71 Blackbird , April 30, 2013 12:02 PM
    Nice deals.
  • 17 Hide
    vmem , April 30, 2013 12:04 PM
    cmon, less piledriver refresh, more steamroller development!!!
    on a side note, these FX-chips look better and better for the budget builder
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    SR-71 Blackbird , April 30, 2013 12:06 PM
    I agree , on a budget , gotta love them!
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    bustapr , April 30, 2013 12:06 PM
    thats quite an interesting price. usually tdp is not a big factor in pricing, but this time you getto choose between a lower power/slower cpu and a higher power/faster cpu at the same price. i like having this choice.
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    rolli59 , April 30, 2013 12:23 PM
    Looks just like overclocked versions on CPU's with unlocked multipliers.
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    Estix , April 30, 2013 12:26 PM
    Quote:
    Looks just like overclocked versions on CPU's with unlocked multipliers.


    Overclocked, but not necessarily higher-binned, if they have higher TDPs, they may have slightly higher stock voltages, and lower headroom for OC'ing.
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    Cazalan , April 30, 2013 12:36 PM
    The 32nm process has matured. They get some higher binned parts.
    The pricing is still odd. Who wouldn't pay $10 more for 50% more cores?
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    twelve25 , April 30, 2013 12:53 PM
    I will be interested to see the FX-4350 game benchmarks. It's pretty apparent from benchmarks that games don't use more than 4 cores right now so the 4.3/4.3Ghz could make it the fastest AMD gaming chip.
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    twelve25 , April 30, 2013 12:56 PM
    Quote:
    The 32nm process has matured. They get some higher binned parts.
    The pricing is still odd. Who wouldn't pay $10 more for 50% more cores?


    That was always the problem with the 4300/6300 choice, too. The Quad cores should be $110 max for it to be attractive.



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    christop , April 30, 2013 2:15 PM
    I like the prices..
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    smeezekitty , April 30, 2013 3:01 PM
    AMD should work on getting that TDP down. High TDP = lots of heat.
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    ryude , April 30, 2013 3:37 PM
    My FX-6300 overclocked to 4.2Ghz while undervolted to 1.3v (1.375v stock). Obviously AMD has raised the voltage for these parts, but you can easily undervolt them for 20-30w savings.
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    BringMeAnother , April 30, 2013 3:53 PM
    The quad cores have a higher clock rate so they could faster in some cases.
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    ohyouknow , April 30, 2013 4:01 PM
    4350 has 8mb L3 cahce. Hmm, does that mean it's a locked FX 6300 or poor performing one? Thoughts.
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    TheBigTroll , April 30, 2013 4:52 PM
    nothing new to see here
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    amoralman , April 30, 2013 5:46 PM
    Only one word comes to mind.
    Meh!
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    TheN00bBuilder , April 30, 2013 5:49 PM
    W00t, look at those clock speeds! I dare someone to get to 5GhZ.
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    infamouswoodster , April 30, 2013 9:40 PM
    Looks like a standard uptick in MHz. My fx 6300 went to 4.5ghz with very little effort so the value/performance/headroom factor is still good for AMD. I like to hear what AMD is up to these days, it keeps the CPU market interesting for us poor gamers.
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    jerm1027 , April 30, 2013 9:43 PM
    Wait, the FX-4350 has 8MB of L3 cache? o_O
    I wonder how that will impact performance compared to a FX-4300 at the same clock speed...
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    warbler boy , April 30, 2013 10:11 PM
    The 4350 looks particularly interesting. Higher clock & double the cache. Could be an excellent chip if the price is right.
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