AMD Launches New FX-6330 Processor Exclusively For Asia Pacific
In a stealth move (even though the company should be making a lot of noise to improve their situation in the market), AMD recently launched a new member of their FX-6000 series processors. The processor, FX-6330 is exclusive to consumers in Asia Pacific who are looking for a budget PC, and as such has only been launched in mainland China for now.
Priced at around $110, the FX-6330 is built on 32nm Piledriver architecture and seeks to replace FX-6300 which is also at almost the same price. Price however isn’t the only common ground between both these chips as the latest FX-6330 is like a refresh of FX-6300 and delivers somewhat similar performance with only a 100MHz clock boost over its predecessor while retaining the AM3+ platform and DDR3 memory support.
The chip comes with 6 MB of L2 cache and 8 MB of L3 cache. Being compatible with the AM3+ platform means that it will stick around with DDR3-1866 MHz DIMM as reference. The FX-6330 maintains the 95W TDP with somewhat improved power management and has an unlocked multiplier which allows overclocking support on the chip.
It also comes with the latest S3.0 cooler which offers more surface area and higher air volume circulation so the processor runs at a lower temperature.
There is however some good news for people who are looking to get a new processor for cheap. According to benchmarks, the FX-6330 easily outperforms Intel’s Core i3-4160, at not only its stock speed of 3.6GHz but can also be overclocked to 4.2GHz, which is $7 expensive than FX-6330 and also supports only 2 cores compared to the 6 cores in AMD’s offering.