Remember the rumored 5 GHz AMD “Centurion” CPU we spoke about a couple months ago? According to SweClockers, it’s legit. It will be called AMD FX-9000, and will be announced at E3 2013.
What is really crazy are the specs. The 5 GHz speed is confirmed, in the form of its peak turbo speed. Below that, it has a 4.8 GHz base clock. CPU voltage isn’t given (it usually isn’t in official specs sheets) but the official TDP is, and it’s high. 220 Watts.
FX-9000 Specs (rumored)
Essentially, this is a pre-overclocked version of the FX-8350. Owners of that CPU are sometimes able to hit the same speed, and when they do, the TDP goes up accordingly. Interestingly, there will be another 220 W FX-8770, but no details were given on that. Of you were wondering what kind of cooling a 220 W CPU requires, you might want to check out some of our recent CPU cooler reviews. In those, we use an overclocked Core i7 3960X overclocked to 4.4 GHz. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but that results in around 204 W TDP. AMD’s Vishera tends to run quite a bit hotter, though so it is most likely that water cooling of some sort will be recommended if not mandatory.
So what do you think, is AMD going crazy bringing back the “MORE GIGAHERTZ” days? Or are they offering an interesting product for a specific niche? Are you part of that niche?