If you remember, last month we saw the world's first 5GHz processor, as well as it's slightly lower clocked release mate.
At that time, we only had some estimated specs, and it was rumored that they would be OEM exclusive due to their very high TDP value; but they've now been seen raw on the market...
It was expected that the chips would be only available to manufacturers for a time, being released months later to retail. The two 8 core CPU's however have been seen on TigerDirect, a US distributor, as well as in certain pre-built PC's.
As was expected, the FX-9590 performs as well as an overclocked FX-8350, shown by these guys on the vr-zone forums.
The FX-9370 and FX-9590, as you may remember, run at 4.4GHz and 4.7 GHz base clock respectively. They can also boost up their clock frequencies to 4.7GHz and 5GHz. Both the chips house 16MB of L3 cache and have unlocked cores, making them a beast for overclocking; if you can handle the heat.
To use the CPU on your system, you should meet the minimum requirements specified by AMD, and they're not light:
~ 990FX/SB950 Chipset
~ At least DDR3-1600MHz memory chip
~ A 1200 Watt power supply for these power hungry chips
AMD has also recommended users to use either a Corsair H80i, Antec Kuhler H2O 920 or the Coolit ECO-II 120FB-Fat Boy liquid cooling system - if the 220W TDP didn't tip you off, these monsters make a lot of heat.
If you want to have one of these beastly cores, then you will need to spend a fair bit of your paycheck. The FX-9370 is listed at $319 on TigerDirect, while the 5GHz FX-9590 costs $829 to own. The expenditures don't end here though, as you will need a very high power PSU as well as a good liquid cooling system to get the most of your CPU. You could also pick up a pre-built system if you like, but expect the total price to be around $2000 or higher.
What do you think of these eye-watering CPU's? Are they as much of an overkill as the GTX Titan, or more so? Tell us below!