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AMD is looking to add a few new chips to the current FX lineup. First, they are releasing a new quad core processor in the form of the AMD FX-4170 and a new hexa-core processor with the FX-6200. Their release is being foreshadowed by price cuts on the AMD Fx-8120 and possibly other FX chips as well.

AMD FX Lineup Gets Two New Models

The FX-4170 will be the first CPU to have a default clock speed that breaks the 4.0 GHz barrier at 4.2 GHz (4.3 GHz turbo). The FX-6200 will have a clock speed of 3.8 GHz (4.1 GhHz). These are both significant speed increases when compared to their current counterparts, the FX-4100 and FX-6100, but this creates an issue with the naming scheme. It is becoming increasing non-uniform and seems to be just whatever AMD decides to use.

Trinity is around the corner and the release of Piledriver is scheduled for the second half of this year, so I am not sure about this move from AMD. I think this time could have been better used to improve market awareness of their relatively new memory product line. I would like to see the return of AMD B.E.M.P. and not the release of clock speed bump chips.

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