AMD launches new set of 8-core processors for gamers

Advanced Micro Devices is launching a new series of code-named Vishera processors with eight cores, or computing brains, for high-performance computers such as game machines.

The new AMD FX series of processors, including the AMD FX 8-Core processor Black Edition, offers up to 24 percent better framerates in demanding computer games. AMD is launching several new models, including the AMD FX-8350 (4.0 gigahertz), FX-8320 (3.5 gigahertz), FX-6300 (3.5 gigahertz), and the FX-4300. The prices are, respectively, $195, $169, $132, and $122.

The machines are aimed at competing with the best that Intel offers in speed, power, and price. The top chip can be overclocked (or run at faster than the recommended specification) to more than 5 gigahertz as long as it has advanced cooling solutions. The FX series has a featured dubbed Turbo Core, which boosts performance where it’s needed while multitasking. With Turbo, the FX-8350 can run at 4.2 gigahertz instead of 4 gigahertz.

The FX Vishera processors are part of AMD’s Volan platform. They use the latest core, code-named Piledriver, the successor to last year’s Bulldozer cores. The new series is manufactured using Globalfoundries’ 32-nanometer manufacturing process, and it has 1.2 billion transistors.

Numerous computer makers will soon announce new models using the AMD chips.

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