During the 15th century, a major part of the world’s economic growth came from cross-continent merchant shipping. It was an arduous journey fraught with uncertainty and it took a lot of planning, as well as preparation, before the captain even set foot on the docks before the ship could sail. Supplies had to be loaded and the right crew men had to be onboard to survive months in the ocean, arrive in the destination in one piece and return back to the mainland with a profitable bounty to satisfy the investors who would be enticed to invest once again when the ship is scheduled to leave port once again. There is very little room for error and re-supplies are hard to come by, only if geography and the weather permit.
In the 21st century however, much of the world’s economic growth is driven by computers, at the heart of which is a miniscule piece of hardware that simplifies complex tasks and allows people to do more in less time. Developing these processors takes months and years of planning and manufacturers cannot just make big changes mid-stream once it is on schedule. There is also the fact that the market is fickle and user demand is in constant flux, so these processors also have to be priced accordingly to be competitive or suffer the wrath of a budget conscious public. AMD, as a global supplier of microprocessors, knows these factors well and are aiming to stay competitive in the desktop realm while they are successfully expanding to meet the low power and mobile market demands.
The 2nd generation AMD FX processors utilize the new “Piledriver” cores introduced first on the “Trinity” APUs, improving upon the previous generation “Bulldozer” design. The 4GHz FX-8350 sits at the top of this new lineup and is fully compatible with 900-series AM3+ motherboards. The new Piledriver design is aimed to address the criticisms levied against Bulldozer and improve upon the original design. Similar to previous Bulldozer FX processors, the 2nd generation FX lineup will be completely overclocker friendly with unlocked multipliers. While this is all good news, the most exciting part about the new “Vishera” FX processors is their price. The top of the line FX-8350 for example has an introductory price of just $195, making it very competitive compared to previous generation FX processors, as well as the competition’s more expensive processor offerings.