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AMD FX-9590 & FX-9370 Conclusion:

When you look at what AMD has to offer with the FX-9590 and FX-9370, you get chips that deliver incredibly high clock speeds right out of the box. This allows them to be hands down the fastest and highest performing CPUs that AMD offers the end user. That being said, this pair of FX unlocked processors are much like Intel's Extreme Editions in that you get guaranteed clock speeds for your dollars spent. Many folks in the overclocking community are getting in the 4.7GHZ to 5GHz range with existing FX-8350 processors, so stepping up to a highly binned part may not offer a benefit to the overclocking community. However, for the power user that just wants to plug and go, you get premium clock speeds without all the back-end work. Of course, a good solid 990FX-based AM3+ motherboard is going to make that build that much easier to manage.

As far as system performance is concerned, the FX-9590 and FX-9370 processors are going to deliver the best performance when used in multi-threaded applications, where the entire core count can be utilized to effect, as I saw in several benchmarks. On the flip side, single-threaded performance is still lagging when compared to the current crop of Intel silicone. Hopefully the return of one of AMD's engineers from earlier architectures can turn the tide and drive performance upwards in the next generation of desktop chips. If you throw all the benchmark results out the window and just work with how it feels to navigate through Windows and work through everyday tasks, it's hard not to like the FX-9590 and FX-9370, as they do well in this environment. The nagging truth though is that even as AMD's halo chips, they are still markedly lower performing against the current mid-range Haswell and Devil's Canyon chips, despite the latter being rated from 700MHz to 1200MHz slower than the FX-9590. Gaming performance at resolutions not bound by the GPU again show this discrepancy in performance, but once the GPU is the limiting factor, the performance variance between the two camps is erased.

Overclocking helps raise the performance bar with AMD CPUs, but AMD has pretty much maxed out the architecture on the FX-9590. I was only able to pull about 67MHz over the 5.0GHz turbo boost speed on this chip while using a Corsair H100i as my cooling solution. Using the same cooling, I was able to pull a little over 300MHz more out of the FX-9370 for another 5GHz chip. Pretty stout for out-of-the-box results, but liquid cooling is going to be needed to run these chips at their maximum speeds. Aircooling is not an option unless you pull out something along the lines of the Noctua NH-D15, and even then it's pushing it thanks to the 220W TDP. Thankfully, AMD does offer the FX-9590 and FX-9370 as a combination with an all-in-one liquid cooling solution for an added cost.

As AMD's top chips in the desktop lineup, these chips offer a guaranteed clock speed right from the factory. If plug-and-play is what you are looking for, then by all means take a look at the FX-9590 and FX-9370. If you want to play and enjoy the overclocking experience, then an FX-8350 will give you a better bang for your buck. The FX-9590 and FX-9370 offer high-end speeds that just work when you choose the right workload. As software continues to takes advantage of multi-core CPUs, the FX-9590 and FX-9370 will become more relevant for a larger user base.

 

Pros:

  • Overclocking
  • High out of the box clock speeds
  • Reasonable pricing
  • Decent thermals
  • Multi-threaded performance

 

Cons:

  • Power consumption
  • Single-threaded performance


 

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