The AMD FX-8350
One of the most customer focused approaches AMD have had in recent years is to stick with a socket for as long as possible and that trend continues with the new range of FX CPUs which share the same heatspreader and pin layout as the previous generation. With little more than a BIOS update it will drop into many existing AM3+ boards from all of the major manufacturers.
Like the FX-8150 this is a true 8-core processor which is fully unlocked, ensuring that it will have maximum appeal to enthusiasts. AMD will also offer 6 and 4 core models based on the same technology however those have not yet been sampled.
The FX-8350 is a 32nm, 125w chip with 8MB of L2 and L3 cache. It has an advertised speed of 4.0GHz however like other high end processors it has the ability to tailor its speed depending on the current workload. This means we idle down lower when the processor is not in use and when under load this model is capable of hitting speeds of 4.2GHz.
Key to the enhanced specifications of the new "Vishera" range of FX processors are the Piledriver cores within. These are the same technology we saw on the recent APUs from AMD and are designed to offer improved branch prediction, scheduling, prefetching and efficiency tweaks for a more refined design.