Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) launches cheaper, faster chips for desktop gaming

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NYSE:AMD) on Tuesday launched 8-core FX series chips at low prices for desktops.

The chips designed for gaming are priced at under $200 in units of 1,000.

The FX-8350 and FX-8320 chips are based on new Piledriver CPU cores and have clock speeds of up to 4.2GHz. The chips usually go into gaming systems and are unlocked, meaning enthusiasts can tweak the clock speed to run systems faster, PC World said, reviewing the chips.

"You can easily overclock this new line-up to 5GHz with off-the-shelf cooling solutions we provide," wrote Leslie Sobon, corporate vice president, client desktop products, in a blog entry.

The advantage of the new series of chips is that they can be used to build desktops at much lower prices. The fact that they are faster also makes it more beneficial.

The FX-8350 chip is priced at $195 in units of 1,000, while the FX-8320 chip is priced at $169. The new FX-series chips are AMD's fastest gaming processors.

Companies such as AMD have been hurt by falling chip prices. AMD's computing Solutions unit had seen its revenues fall 28 percent on year in its fiscal third quarter.

Intel's fastest chips for gaming are more expensive at about $1000.

AMD also announced a 6-core FX-6300 chip with a clock speed of 4.1GHz, priced at $132 and a quad-core FX-4300 chip with a clock speed of 4.0GHz, priced at $122.

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