AMD has recently announced several new processors for the AM3+ platform which are set to refresh the existing FX processors. One of the most interesting models is the FX-8370E. The AMD FX-8370E is an eight core processor with a base clock of 3.3GHz and a turbo boost of 4.3GHz. Still being based on the Piledriver architecture, which was originally released in 2012, the performance wont be vastly different from existing processors from AMD. The biggest difference however, is the lower TDP of 95W.
A common complaint from consumers was that the FX 8320 and 8350 processors simply consumed too much power, which caused problems on budget AM3+ motherboards. The new FX-8370E combats this issue somewhat and reduced the TDP from 125W to 95W. While a TDP of 95W is still rather high in comparison to Intel Haswell CPUs, it’s certainly an improvement and should bring a range of benefits.
Firstly, the reduced TDP should allow the processor to run cooler while performing a stressful task. This is especially interesting to overclockers as many consumers are limited by the heat output of the FX-8350 processor and the FX-8370E may be able to reach higher clocks without running into heat issues as early as the FX-8350.
In addition to heat, the lower TDP will also allow budget motherboards to cope better with an eight core processor. Budget or older AM3+ motherboards often struggle to provide adequate power to an FX eight core processor, resulting in system stability issues. While the majority of motherboards did not have any issues using the eight core processors, the reduced TDP should provide less stress for the motherboard.
While this refresh CPU is not likely to have anyone rushing to replace their existing FX 8320 or 8350 processors, it’s likely to change the recommendation of AMD processors in new computer systems. Given that the FX-8370E offers a lower TDP rating for a similar price compared to the FX-8350, it will be difficult to justify an FX-8350 over a FX-8370E when building a new computer.