AMD Releases FX-6200 and FX-4170 Processors; FX-8120 Gets a Price Cutby Ryan Smith on February 27, 2012 5:38 PM EST
AMD sent word this morning that they’re doing some shuffling of their Bulldozer based FX processor lineup. Altogether in the near future AMD will be releasing a new CPU, releasing a previously announced CPU, and doing a price drop on an existing CPU.
|CPU Specification Comparison|
|Processor||Cores||Clock Speed||Max Turbo||NB Clock||L2 Cache||TDP||Price|
|AMD Phenom II X6 1100T||6||3.2GHz||3.6GHz||2GHz||3MB||125W||$190|
|AMD Phenom II X4 980||4||3.7GHz||N/A||2GHz||2MB||125W||$170|
First and foremost, the FX-4170 is finally being prepared for release. This is AMD’s top quad core (two module) part, and while it was announced at the Bulldozer launch back in October AMD had said they weren’t going to be releasing it until later in the year. Like the FX-4100 it’s a harvested Bulldozer CPU, and is the first Bulldozer quad core with a 125W TDP, owing to its high clockspeeds.
The second product today is AMD’s new CPU, the FX-6200. Like the FX-4170 was to quad cores, this is the first 125W TDP part for AMD’s hex core Bulldozers. At 3.8GHz base and 4.1GHz turbo it has a higher base clockspeed than any of AMD’s octo core parts, however turbo caps out just a bit lower than the FX-8150. AMD didn’t give us the Northbridge clockspeed, but it’s almost certainly 2.2GHz given the TDP and clockspeeds.
Finally, the FX-8120 is getting a price cut today. Unfortunately AMD sent along their generic all-regions press release today, so we were not given any pricing information on the FX-8120 or any of the other processors mentioned today. We will update this article as soon as we have confirmed pricing from AMD, but in the meantime we’d expect AMD to knock at least $10 off of the FX-8120, while the FX-6200 and FX-4170 should launch not too far above their existing lower-clocked counterparts at $149 and $109 respectively.
Meanwhile, AMD has told us that the release of the FX-6200 and FX-4170 will be staggered based on region with no further information, so all we know at the moment is that they won’t be available in the North American e-tail market today.
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Belard - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link500Mhz = AMD FX-6200?? How about 6150...
The 6X00 / 8x00 should mean generation number. Hence i5-2500 (2nd gen i5) and the upcoming i5-35x0 chips.
Sell the FX8510 quad-core (I mean 8 core) for $160 and then it will be competitive against the i5-2400... barely.
frozentundra123456 - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkA step in the right direction, but you are right. The prices have to come down a lot more. Also the power usage is still too high, especially with 77w IVB quad coming when Intel gets its act together or gets rid of all the SB backlog.
CeriseCogburn - Saturday, March 24, 2012 - linkWhat junk. A phenom 2 unlockable to a quad was a good deal a long time ago, now the overclocked and rebranded entire amd phenom 2 line is still what anyone with a half brain would get, yet anyone with a full brain buys Intel, saves money, and has massive gaming performance over amd, perhaps one thuban excepted with prejudice.
tipoo - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkThe FX-4170 would probably beat the 8 core ones at that clock speed in most workloads, no? I'd actually be interested in reviews of these, most sites only review the top tier parts.
Alexvrb - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkYeah, right now the 4000s are the only FX that seem to have a decent price/performance - and only really for a budget build. They definitely need to drop prices and release new models, maybe on a new stepping with more headroom.
MrSpadge - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - linkAnd I doubt they'll actually draw that much power. Looking forward to a proper review!
maroon1 - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - linkNo, it doesn't
Kevin G - Monday, February 27, 2012 - linkA meager 100 Mhz turbo on the FX-4170 seems kinda week in comparison when other FX chips typically get 400 Mhz or more from turbo. Then again, with only two modules, AMD maybe expecting each module to carry a higher average load than chips with all four modules enabled.
MrSpadge - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - linkIf they made the base clock 3.9 GHz instead of 4.3 GHz they could give you your 400 Mhz turbo boost. Would be a worse CPU, though. 4+ GHz is borderline for what AMD can guarantee these chips to run.
Kevin G - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - linkWith liquid cooling, the four module parts are able to hit 4.3 Ghz base frequently with relative ease if you don't mind going beyond 125W power consumption. The design seemingly supports such high clock speeds but appears to be limited by power consumption and/or cooling. You'd think that with two fewer modules enabled, they'd be able to hit, say 4.5 Ghz for just turbo using an air cooler and still remain under 125W. I'd only have to hit such a clock speed with one active thread running for turbo while under the full load of four threads it'd run at is base 4.2 Ghz speed.