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AMD is launching two new FX-series CPUs, the FX-6200 and the FX-4170, while cutting the prices on its octa-core FX-8120.

As far as we can tell, these processors do not introduce new steppings that would otherwise reflect a more mature process, but remain the same B2 stepping CPUs from days of yore. This means, essentially, that AMD has pushed the envelope power-wise and is squeezing all it can from the same silicon – which would also explain why there is no higher-clocked octa-core part, yet. The two new additions to the FX line-up are:

The AMD FX-4170 quad-core processor that clocks in at 4.2GHz, with a Turbo Core boost of just 100MHz (on two cores), a 125W TDP, 4MB of L2 cache and 8MB of L3 cache.

The AMD FX-6200 hexa-core processor that comes in at 3.8GHz, with a Turbo Core boost of 300MHz, a 125W TDP, 6MB of L2  cache and 8MB of L3 cache.

Both are 'Black Edition' unlocked, although it is more or less a given they will already be warm-ish under the heatsink.

The CPUs will be introduced over a course of time, but the best part of the announcement is the immediate drop in price of the FX-8120, from £185 to £165. The cut takes effect immediately, says AMD, so it should reflect very soon on CPU pricing. Scan.co.uk is already listing it at £149.77, VAT inclusive.

Whether or not the FX-6200 or FX-4170 are good value for money remains to be seen, as AMD did not disclose official pricing. Online pre-order pricing, however, places them at £130 and £106 respectively, which compared to their predecessors, sounds quite tempting for the out-of-the-box performance increase.

The announcement does make current spec CPUs slightly more interesting as they push pricing on older models down, and will definitely help empty out stockpiles of CPUs that are cruising warehouses during this slow period, paving the way for Piledriver later on this year.