Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

AMD unveils Athlon FX-57 gaming processor

Filed under
Hardware
Gaming

If you haven't jumped on AMD's dual-core Athlon 64 X2 yet, but still want to upgrade your system, here is another option. At least when it comes to gaming and as long as multithreaded applications are rare, the FX series remains AMD's fastest offering.

The new processor posts specs which will make a few product managers at Intel jealous. The FX-57, based on the San Diego core, is AMD's first FX product manufactured in 90 nm. The chip is clocked at 2.8 GHz and is first in the product line to support DDR1-533 memory. New is also support for SSE3 instructions. As other San Diego cores, the chip integrates 1 MByte L2 cache. The Thermal Design Power is 104 watts.

Compared to the FX-55, AMD claims the FX-57 will post performance gains in the range of about seven percent.

While the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 4800+, priced at $1001, was a clear sign that AMD claims leadership for high-end desktops, the FX-57 sets the bar even higher: Pricing is set at a stunning $1031, not only the highest price for any current desktop processor on the market - but also the highest price for any desktop processor ever, at least as far as we can remember. By the way, the first FX-51 was offered at $799.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition Has Hidden Factory Mode

The Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition has been out for some time and is available for purchase right now. It's the only Ubuntu phone on sale, and one of the users found out how to access a hidden Factory Mode that gives access to all kinds of cool stuff. Read more

Do you need a container-specific Linux distribution?

You've always been able to run containers on a variety of operating systems: Zones on Solaris; Jails on BSD; Docker on Linux and now Windows Server; OpenVZ on Linux, and so on. As Docker in particular and containers in general explode in popularity, operating system companies are taking a different tack. They're now arguing that to make the most of containers you need a skinny operating system to go with them. Read more

Video: 84-Year-Old Volunteer Rebuilds, Sends Linux Laptops to Africa

Retired pastor James Anderson, age 84, has never worked in IT or had any formal computer training, but over the past two years he has rebuilt more than a hundred IBM ThinkPad laptops and sent them to schools and nonprofits in Africa – all running Linux. For the past nine years, Anderson has volunteered at FreeGeek, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that recycles and rehabilitates old computers for donation. He spends four hours every Friday testing and rebuilding the ThinkPads, which he then loads with Linux Mint 17 and sends one or two at a time to Africa via personal couriers. Read more

Mark Shuttleworth Says Microsoft Didn't Copy Convergence Idea, Ubuntu Will Be First

Mark Shuttleworth talked about Ubuntu convergence and he also happened to mention the fact that Microsoft is trying to do something similar to Windows, but he said that the companies just had the same idea, at the same time. Read more