Intel may have recently had the spotlight on them with their high performance desktop Haswell-E architecture however, AMD is busy to. According to an article by xbitlabs, AMD is releasing new desktop processors based on the Piledriver architecture soon. The Piledriver architecture was originally released in 2012 and this is not the first time we have seen AMD release a refresh CPU on the same Piledriver architecture. The FX-8370 and FX-8370E are both eight cores with a clock speed of 4.1GHz base and 4.3GHz turbo, a slight increase over the current popular FX-8350 which has a base clock of 4.0GHz and a turbo of 4.2GHz. As usual the FX-8370 has a 125W TDP rating however, the FX-8370E has a lower TDP of 95W.
While the performance of these two new processors are not likely to be significantly different from the current FX-8350, the FX-8370E is what has us most excited because of it’s 95W TDP. This is wonderful news as it might mean motherboards which struggle to keep up with the power demands of the FX-8350 might have an easier time powering the FX-8370E. This processor model may also allow people to get higher overclocks than the FX-8350, especially if your cooler cannot keep up with the heat output as the voltage increases.
While the FX-8370 and FX-8370E are new processor models from AMD, it’s essentially the same Piledriver architecture we have seen before. With a mild increase in clock speed (just a base clock increase of 100MHz) the performance of these new Piledriver processors are not likely to be very different from the FX-8350.