Some rumors have recently arisen that AMD may be planning a new kind of "Extreme edition" CPU.
This processor would be based of the same architecture as their current FX-8350, which turbo clocks up to 4.2 GHz at stock. However, it is supposedly being called "Centurion".
The so-called "Centurion" is supposedly clocked at 5 GHz, out-of-the-box. Although there is no way of telling at this point what voltages or additional hardware will be required to run this processor, it is clear that with the expected 800$ price tag, AMD is certainly aiming high.
Back to the FX days of the old it seems... Is it possible that this chip could rival the i7 beasts of intel?
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I think it depends on the architecture of the chip. If its just piledriver chips that are "factory overclocked" then they will run faster than the i5-3570k to which the 8350 is in competition of but I doubt they would rival the 3770k or Ivy Bridge E when they release.
It is supposedly based of the exact same piledriver chips, however running on air at stock 5GHz. If it's running on air, is it possible that it will ship at 5GHz with the stock cooler for the 8350, due to some weird way of getting massive clocks with low voltage?
Maybe we could push it even further clock-wise because if its running on air, at 5GHz, obviously there is a little more room to OC, depending on the voltage.
Just gotta remember one little issue with all of this. Everything I have read is that if Centurion is real then its gonna be pricey. I say pricey to the tune of $800-850 per chip. I like AMD but I don't even like Intel muchless AMD enough to spend that kinda cash on a CPU.
You're absolutely right. However, in their mind, they have to get SOMETHING up there with the i7 extreme editions. This chip from the looks of it cant even get to that height of the beanstalk if its performance doubled over the 8350, and then was OC'ed to 5 GHz. I guess they're depending on some kind of miracle in performance, or for a bunch of people with money to flush to buy it because they are over-the-top- AMD die hards...
Either way, I cannot see anybody I know picking one of these up. With the right cooling solution, you can get an 8350 to 5 GHz if you don't mind uber high temps. Although I don't think it would have that high of a lifespan, it would essentially be the same as this chip.
Can't have uber high temps on the 8320 or 8350 as far as I know. 62C is the ceiling for the core temp. I looked into them a few weeks back and made me scratch my head over that.