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AMD prepares to fight hardware battles on all fronts with cheaper chips, graphics cards and SSDs

AMD prepares to fight hardware battles on all fronts with cheaper chips, graphics cards and SSDs

AMD prepares to fight hardware battles on all fronts with cheaper chips, graphics cards and SSDs

Whether it’s a new line of processors, cheaper chips, new graphics cards, or even the arrival of a new line of solid-state drives, AMD is trying to make some waves with their new hardware. Considering the competition from Intel and Nvidia is about to launch new, super exciting products, AMD knows they have some serious work to do. The latest series of announcements should help.

On the processor side, they’re taking the price of their high-end processors, like a crazy lawnmower, dropping the FX-9590’s pallet price (cost of buying in volume) from $299 to $219. You can currently pick one up for a retail price of $299, so when the new prices go into effect — which, according to Xbitlabs, will be September 1 — you might even be lucky enough to find them at the $219 price point.

These high-end chips are their octa-core Piledriver CPUs with a high base frequency of 4.7GHz and a boost clock of 5GHz. However, you do also need serious cooling to use that base clock; we’re talking about water cooling here, since that thing’s TDP is about 220W.

Reports suggest that AMD has also released some new mid-range chips with 4.1GHz/4.3GHz base/boost clocks. Then again, this FX-8370 has 100MHz more than the existing FX-8350, which itself looks a bit long in terms of performance.

With Intel’s recent introduction of Devil’s Canyon and Pentium Anniversary chips, and the imminent launch of Haswell E, it’s hard to say whether this push to the existing FX series will do any good for AMD’s CPU market share.

On a more positive note, there are reports that AMD will also be launching new Radeon R9 285 cards soon. VideoCardz’ coverage will be announced this weekend, with a full release on September 2.

The new Tonga GPU-based card will replace the current R9 280. The current full specs are still close to AMD’s chest, but early reports suggest a smaller 256-bit memory bus, but the number of stream processors is closer to the faster R9 280X.

Finally… AMD is in the SSD game. kinda.

They’re shipping Radeon R7 branded SSDs, which are actually lightly tuned OCZ Vector 150/Vertex 460 drives. They’ll have the same Toshiba 19nm NAND and OCZ’s own Barefoot 3 controller, and they’ll deliver some impressive performance numbers.

OCZ has been working hard lately to improve the consistency and longevity of its drives, so AMD could actually have some good small SSDs.

They’ll struggle with pricing for these 120, 240 and 480GB drives. Samsung and Crucial are currently dominating when it comes to price and performance, and the awesome Crucial MX 100 is now just £150/$220 (512GB version).

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