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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Depends what your looking at. Phenoms will perform better than any FX in single threaded, by a small margin. Phenoms will also draw less power over time, by a small margin. Hz ratings will only go so far as IPC, quality of other components such as cache, FPU and a few other components that I don't fully understand make up a huge portion of the overall performance. FX series they used some cheap components that are huge parts of the equation of why FX series failed when comparing to an 8350 to an I7 processor. Personally got my 8320 @ 4.0 Ghz and its suited me just fine for gaming/movies/running game server and mumble all at the same time.
I own the 8350fx after several benchmarks being done newer games just prefer the newer CPU's from Amd i can say farcry 3-watch dogs and simcity-BF4 all played 20% better on the FX and i had the 1100T OC 3.9Ghz and my 8350fx is only at 4.3ghz. Application performance is only around 10-15% better however but gaming is definitely up in new games take a look at some newer game cpu benchmarks