Report: AMD FX-9590 Last Breed of AMD FX CPU?

A report from VR-Zone says something grim: The FX-9590 might be the last FX-series CPU that AMD has planned, possibly indicating that the FX-series CPUs is at the end of the line.

On the other hand, the report doesn't carry any images of roadmaps that indicate this, so it might be a false statement. That said, considering that the 5.0 GHz FX-9590 CPU didn't perform particularly spectacularly against its competitors, it shouldn't be too surprising that AMD might be shifting its focus elsewhere.

When we contacted AMD to verify the validity of the rumor, all we got back was a pretty standard "no comment" on products beyond the current public roadmap. For now, this one is staying on rumor territory.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • jk_ventolero
    The FX-series processors weren't really that bad. While they didn't really compete with the very high-end spectrum, they at least were able to compete with Intel at their respective price points. But if a shift of focus would allow AMD to compete even better with Intel and drive prices down, then I'm all for it.
  • sarinaide
    FX 9590 is a great chip for those with LN2 pots ready to stretch its legs, since Toms and other online review sites are not focused on "overclocking" they would not know these things that said soon enough you will see full core records being smashed.
  • Martell1977
    I think AMD and the FX series is/was a victim of their own hype. Because Bulldozer was so late to launch the fanboys hyped it to amazing levels. It was beyond wishful thinking, I remember reading how BD was an Intel killer, etc. AMD should have tried harder to curb it as much as possible.

    I give credit to AMD for an interesting approach in the architecture and it is getting better. Price/Performance is pretty good for the most part. The top end is still all Intel.

    I think that moving away from the FX moniker is a good idea as the shadow of unmet performance for what was hyped from BD is likely hurting sales and still influencing some peoples advise. Plus, they need a better CPU naming scheme. It works for GPUs but the CPU scheme filled up fast.
  • rmpumper
    Does that mean that 6-12 core Steamroller CPU will not be named FX-xxxx or that there won't be any 6-12 Steamroller CPUs? Don't mess this up AMD.
  • rounakr94
    Maybe its a hoax or maybe they just renamed the FX steamroller to something else and made it much better.
  • edwd2
    I guess it'll all be APUs from now on.
    Remember "The Future is Fusion"
  • If Steamroller is indeed better, it is likely that AMD's sales/marketing thought it better to distance itself from the marred FX brand. In the end, I don't care if it called FX or Pink Elephant, as long as it delivers something better compared the previous CPU gen and its competition.
  • silverblue
    The FX moniker is supposed to be for an ultra-high end product. Consigning it to history following the Bulldozer series' inability to compete at such a lofty level is probably wise. Strangely though, it seems most at home for the 9590 than any other recent CPU.

    There have been rumours for a while that AMD would limit all desktop CPUs to APUs and dispense with the FX family, though I'm more inclined to believe they'd just change the naming convention for now. Still, there aren't any plans for a replacement socket for AM3+ as far as I know.
  • ta152h
    Every time I think humans are at least somewhat rational, there's always a reminder it's not so.

    I remember everyone whining about Celeron name going away (it didn't), or Pentium, or ATI, or whatever.

    It's a friggin name. Who cares?

    AMD can't make a gaming processor anyway, so maybe they decided the FX name was for gaming, which they know they can't really do from the CPU end, and may want something to focus more on what it can do.

    Or maybe they will continue to make them, but it wasn't on a particular piece of paper.

    The reality is, it doesn't matter. Show me someone who bought an FX-8350 for gaming, and I'll show you an idiot. Intel destroys AMD in gaming. Not close. It's embarrassing.

    Some apps AMD does OK in, and maybe they'll try to find a better way of conveying it. FX probably has an association as gaming processor, and one for the kiddies, and this dog won't hunt there.

    The one thing is, if they're releasing these 9590 processors, which clearly suck and aren't useful at much, they'll continue releasing flagship products that aren't particularly useful, but do represent the best performance they can get.

    Maybe they'll call it FX, maybe they won't. It just doesn't matter.
  • ojas
    11319379 said:
    Does that mean that 6-12 core Steamroller CPU will not be named FX-xxxx or that there won't be any 6-12 Steamroller CPUs? Don't **** this up AMD.
    There will be...called Opterons :P

    OTOH if you're talking about that obviously fake rumor then no, that doesn't exist.

    Bad language removed. - G