AMD Reveals FX-8300 and Athlon X4 860K CPUs

Chinese website Expreview has reported that AMD announced its FX-8300 CPU along with its new Athlon X4 860K.

Starting with the Athlon X4 860K, we find that the CPU follows the same recipe as all the other current Athlon CPUs, but kicks it up a notch. It  drops into the FM2+ socket and does not have any on-die graphics enabled. It is just a CPU – not an APU. The four Steamroller CPU cores are clocked at 3.7 GHz and are overclockable through an unlocked multiplier. AMD has fitted the CPU with 2 MB of L2 cache. If this chip is priced right, it might make a decent choice for budget-oriented gaming builds.

Moving on, there is the FX-8300. This CPU is built to be a cheaper 8-core CPU, bringing buyers an 8-core chip on a lower price point along with a lower TDP. The CPU will still consume 95 W, but for those who need serious multi-threaded performance along with a low price point, this one might be worth a look. The CPU cores are clocked at 3.2 GHz but can boost up to 3.5 GHz if the appropriate cooling is present.

There is no exact word on pricing for these CPUs yet, nor do we know when they will be available. We've reached out to AMD for more information, so stay tuned.

Update: The FX-8300 is a Greater China only product, which is only available to OEMs. The Athlon X4 860K will be available worldwide this month with an MSRP of $84.

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  • Red_Sun
    I think I hold on to my Phenom II 980 for a bit longer...
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  • Zeroplanetz
    So basically the FX 8300 is lower than the fx8320? But also lower tdp? Why not just get the 8350 on sale since that same person will still get a better than stock CPU cooler?
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  • tridon
    While not exactly food for the high end enthusiast, it's good to see that AMD still remembers that there some consumers that do not wish a graphics card glued to the cpu. I hope Tom's get one of the new Athlon chips for testing as soon as they are available. Maybe it will be able to trespass on i3 territory when overclocked.
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