Xbitlabs.com reports that AMD is dropping the prices of a handful of its FX-Series processors on September 1. Along with these price drops, AMD is also launching three new CPUs.
The new CPUs in question are the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX-8320E. The first two are both eight-core chips and have a base frequency of 4.1 GHz, with a Boost frequency of 4.3 GHz. The E variant has a TDP of 95 W, while the standard version has a TDP of 125 W. Curiously, they are both listed at $189.
The FX-8320E features the same 3.5 GHz base frequency, and it has the same 4.0 GHz Boost frequency as its FX-8320 counterpart, as well as the same $139 price tag.
The price reductions appear to be AMD's effort to wiggle itself into a more competitive position. The FX-9590, which has cost around $800 in the past and was only available to OEMs at first, will have its retail price reduced from $299 to $215. The FX-9370 will drop in price to $199, placing it at the attractive sub-$200 mark. The ever so popular FX-8350 will lower in price by $20, dropping to $169. Note that these prices are for buying the CPUs in bulk, so retail prices may differ.
Whether these price changes will help AMD's sales remains to be seen, though a little competition never hurt anybody.
These price changes and new CPUs are expected to be made official on September 1, so while the rumors might be believable, continue to treat them as rumors for now.
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The company keeps getting bailed out, but they just don't have the engineering and liquid assets to ensure their future.
Intel's squeezed them out of the high-end. Now Intel's efforts on mobile efficiency of the x86 CPU's is going to squeeze AMD out of the low end.
NVidia's got a lot of things going on as well to diversify.
I'd love AMD to do well however I'm not seeing a lot of hope for ten years down the road.
AMD has horrible floating point performance, so I am hoping they can at least bite the integer performance, sell some, gain some money, do some more R&D, get a new product out, so they can keep Intel prices from skyrocketing.
Although significant, but not a game changer, IMO.
I'd still rather have Steamroller cores at those clock speeds, mind...