So how about this as a rumour for a Friday morning? Though AMD will never go on record and confirm this, we have it on good authority that the chip-maker will soon be releasing a super-FX chip. Based on the same 'Vishera' architecture powering the current FX-8350, which runs at up to 4.2GHz, this new FX, codenamed 'Centurion', is to be made available in very limited quantities.
This so-called Centurion is guaranteed to run at 5GHz, on air, though we don't know exactly what voltage or supporting hardware will be required for this lofty speed.
Here's the kicker; our sources indicate that this limited-edition chip is set to cost a whopping $795 - this is not a typo!
Yes, a processor of probably 150W+ TDP (because of raised vcore) when LGA 2011 Ivy Bridge-E desktop 6-cores are just around the corner is just what AMD must focus on. That said, they must have finally found out that some spare monies is a very useful thing to have, especially at their present, rather sad, financial state (net income in 2012 being loss of USD 1.183 billion). While, on the other hand, Intel probably has been building several olympic class swimming pools to house the stuff formerly sitting in our wallets.
While it would come with a closed loop watercooler rather than air thing (or perhaps taking a cue from Intel - no thermal solution at all) instead of the infamous "jetliner" that has been prevalent in their top series thus far, I don't think I could justify such a purchase. Then again, I'm, admiteddly, an Intel fanboi, so don't mind me at all on that. To be fair, it would find a lot of support among any kind of enthusiants that are now struggling to OC their FX-8350 to a nice round number by hand.