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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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Niels Broekhuijsen

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