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Let me give it to you straight
on September 29, 2013
Comes with a liquid cooling solution made by Asetek (is the same as the Antec H2O 920 with an AMD label on it). Chill control V is an awesome app to control your cooling system or create custom profiles for overclocking.
Scored a Passmark rating of 10,849 which is about 1500 marks higher than what my FX-8350 did. Keep in mind these are auto-clock settings using my Fatal1ty. To give you an idea, I gained about 2000 more marks when I upgraded to the FX-8350 from the FX-8150 so you can see there are gains to be made by using this processor.
Was able to overclock to 5.4ghz at 1.59v and still get to a desktop. Very light web browsing was possible but that's about it or the system would lock up. Temps never went above 38 °C so I know heat wasn't the issue.
Not much room for overclocking from it's default clock when compared to the FX-8350. This is only a con because the processor is marketed as an unlocked chip making you think there is a lot of room to go over, there is not. 5.1ghz was as high as I could get a stable Passmark run at 1.4625v. Any voltage higher or lower would lock up the system but I managed several runs while scoring 11,700. Unfortunately, 3Dmark would crash about half way through at this setting but I found 5.0ghz at 1.45v to be the sweet spot. In comparison, 3Dmark would crash with the 8350 at 5ghz so there are some obvious optimizations done with this processor. My highest PassMark bench with the FX-8350 was 11,500 while my highest run with the FX-9590 was 11,700. As an overclocker, what you can get away with and what is actually useable are two different things. Games that could not run with the FX-8350 at 5ghz have no problem running at 5ghz with the FX-9590. That alone should tell you what is actually useable.
AMD has made some improvements. While this may not be the overclocker of the year, it's noticeably faster than the 8350 in it's default state. It doesn't run any hotter than my 8350 did which for me with a closed loop is quite cool. My twin GTX-680's create way more heat than this does and they feel much more alive in SLI when compared to the 8350. I doubt there's anything that could slow this thing down.
The 220w TDP may seem high but in reality this processor is a great performer when you have your power saving features enabled. To score almost 11,000 Pass Marks is quite impressive in this state. It doesn't pull any more than my FX-8350 unless I'm running Prime to stress it out. I thought this processor was going to be power hungry 24/7 but it really isn't. I have yet to do anything that has made the cooling fans run faster than the default values of the Chill Control V software so it's clear that this processor is the best of the best in this series.
To be honest I was about to switch to Intel when the initial cost for this processor was over $800. I thought AMD lost their mind and was very disappointed. I waited patiently until the price was dropped to $380 which now includes the liquid cooler. I was able to sell my FX-8350 with the AMD cooler and gain back over $200 making my upgrade just $189. This is likely the last AM3+ processor so may as well have the latest flagship to get me by for another year or so. This processor has no problems pushing my twin GTX 680's in SLI in fact the processor doesn't even break a sweat.