Just how does a 5GHz AMD chip perform?

Subject: Processors | July 19, 2013 - 04:13 PM |
Tagged: vishera, TWKR, piledriver, FX-9590, Centurion, amd

As we have been discussing the 220W TDP 5GHz AMD FX-9590 recently it seems a good idea to show what level of performance you can expect from this chip.  Hardware Canucks had a chance to benchmark the performance of this chip using both synthetic benchmarks and some gaming tests.  When they tried to overclock the chip they ran into difficulties with not only heat, as you would expect but they also ran into an issue with power, they maxed out the amount that the board could provide.  Single thread performance is not up to par with SandyBridge-E but in properly designed multi-threaded programs the performance is impressive, though perhaps not for an $800+ chip. 

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"With the FX-9590, AMD has taken their Piledriver architecture and pushed it to the absolute limit. By running at an astounding 5GHz, this new CPU is the fastest in the FX-series stable."

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July 19, 2013 | 05:51 PM - Posted by arbiter


URL to the Hardware Canucks since it seemed to be missing.

Looking at most the test's, Assumeing 3770k and 4770k i7's are stock clocks, this AMD cpu is well the benchmarks speak for them selves.

July 21, 2013 | 05:53 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Sorry about that, fixed now.  There is always the source link at the bottom of the article which takes you there as well when I have a brain fart and miss linking in the post.

July 19, 2013 | 09:47 PM - Posted by EndTimeKeeper

I think its still cool to see a 5GHz Chip. To bad for AMD that even running at 5GHz there chip is still being beat on by most Intel parts.

July 19, 2013 | 10:16 PM - Posted by arbiter

only the review the best they could get it is when turbo off was 5.016ghz stable. they did a 5.2ghz test with no reguard for heat but any multi core load it was instant restart. Mostly what I see in this cpu is just for e-penis reason.

July 20, 2013 | 06:14 PM - Posted by onion uk (not verified)

nobody is making you but this product, intel are over priced, generaly for gaming gpu is what matters.

July 20, 2013 | 09:12 PM - Posted by thezfunk

They said they didn't have decent cooling. I have decent cooling and don't need to buy some other crappy prepackaged solution. Just sell me the damn chip by itself and kill these stupid bundles.

July 23, 2013 | 04:18 PM - Posted by Mike S (not verified)

I'm assuming AMD is only selling it with bundles because they're afraid of bad publicity. If lots of people buy it and then use inadequate cooling, their complaints on forums and social media will hurt AMD.

But I think the solution to that is not to make the thing at all. My Phenom X6 1055T rarely hits 100% usage of a single core. If I did have more money to throw at this box, I would upgrade the GPU or buy more SSDs before worrying about the processor.

AMD should be hammering away with the message that below $200, their processors are best bang-for-buck and in most real world use, other components matter more than the difference between an $120 AMD FX-4100 and a $450 Intel Core i7.

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