For the Overclocker on a Budget: AMD FX-6300 CPU Offers 5GHz
Want an affordable CPU upgrade that's easily overclockable to 5GHz? According to PC Gamer, that's what a budget AMD FX-6300 Piledriver CPU can offer with ease. Sure, Intel's offerings are probably better choices if your wallet could spare a little bit more, but the embattled AMD just might surprise a few folks looking for more bang for their hard-earned bucks. The recently released 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ Vishera chip runs at a rated 95W, and retails for around $140. At stock, its six cores make it a respectable competitor against Intel's i3-3225, but AMD's overclocking advantage takes its edge even further. Unfortunately, while the 1.5GHz boost for the FX-6300 is certainly impressive, the article makes no mention of the cooling options used for successfully overclocking the chip, not to mention the inevitable increase in power consumption which adds to more internal heat. Still, it's a little encouraging to see AMD wiggle some overclocking headroom in its Piledriver CPU lineup, something that enthusiasts will no doubt happily experiment with.