New AMD FX Line-Up Brings Faster Speeds and Higher Performance Core Over Previous Generation to PC Enthusiasts and Gamers

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- Oct 23, 2012 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an update to the Guinness World Record-setting(1) AMD FX family of central processing units (CPUs) that continues the brand's history of delivering a fully unlocked and customizable experience for performance desktop PC users. At the heart of the latest AMD FX processor is the new "Piledriver" multi-core architecture that offers up to a 15 percent increase in performance at a lower price than the previous generation(2) -- with the highest-performing AMD FX processors starting at less than $200. The increased performance from the latest architecture is designed for multi-threaded applications like content creation, video and audio encoding, and games, allowing users extreme responsiveness and mega-tasking performance.

"Gamers and PC enthusiasts who buy AMD FX processors have even more to cheer about with the increased speeds and value we are delivering starting today," said Leslie Sobon, vice president of Desktop and Component Products, AMD. "After introducing the industry's first and only eight-core desktop processor last year, we now have even faster stock frequencies and an all-new, high-performance x86 core architecture to satisfy power-users."

The AMD FX opens the door to a world of possibilities when combined with other AMD technologies, like an AMD 9-Series chipset motherboard and AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics cards with AMD Eyefinity technology multi-monitor support. AMD also provides downloadable software upgrades that free the creative user to push performance with the AMD OverDrive™ utility, manage their gaming with AMD Catalyst™ Control Center, or harness the power of multiple graphic cards working in parallel with AMD CrossFire™ technology(3).

"After what we've seen of the previous generation of AMD FX Series, the overclockers at HWBOT are very eager to find out what the new AMD FX Series will bring to the game," said Frederik Colardyn, founder and CEO of the competitive overclocking site, "As the previous generation shattered the frequency world record, pushing it to a new high, we hope to see the new AMD FX Series raise the bar even further."

Starting today, the new AMD FX CPUs will be available from global retailers.

    Specifications      FX-8350       FX-8320       FX-6300       FX-4300   
   Suggested Retail                                                         
        Price             $195          $169          $132          $122    
    # of CPU Cores         8             8             6             4      
    Max Frequency         4.2           4.0           4.1           4.0     
   L2 cache (KB per                                                         
        core)             1024          1024          1024          1024    
 L3 cache (Total MBs)      8             8             8             4      
                        1866 MHz      1866 MHz      1866 MHz      1866 MHz  
   External Memory        DDR3          DDR3          DDR3          DDR3    
       Unlocked            x             x             x             x      
   AVX Instructions        x             x             x             x      
     AES Support           x             x             x             x      
         FMA               x             x             x             x      

Industry Support
"The new AMD FX Series is perfect for performance-driven PC enthusiasts," said James Lee, ASRock vice president of Sales and Marketing. "We are beyond thrilled to inform users that our new ASRock motherboards work seamlessly and give full play to the AMD FX Series."

Asus: "A year ago, the FX Series broke records and we're excited about the 15 percent increased performance this year," said Joe Hsieh, general manager of Asus' Motherboard Business Unit. "We produce a large number of motherboards each month and are always committed to providing customers with an unmatched PC experience. The update to the FX Series allows us to continue to outfit our motherboards with leading processor performance."

GIGABYTE: "The latest AMD FX Series CPUs provide PC builders eight power cores, great for multi-threaded applications and extreme multitasking," commented Henry Kao, vice president of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "GIGABYTE's AM3+ series motherboards together with the latest AMD's second generation AMD FX Series CPUs will ensure our customers are getting unparalleled features and processor performance from their AMD platform."

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