AMD has introduced the most powerful member of its FX processor family to date - the eight core, 5GHz AMD FX-9590.

The new cpu is based on AMD's Piledriver architecture and is said to deliver 'new levels' of gaming and multimedia performance for desktop enthusiasts. Available unlocked for ease of overclocking, it also features AMD's Turbo Core 3.0 technology to provide the best performance under the most intensive workloads. "The new FX 5GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra high resolution experiences," said AMD's Bernd Lienhard. "This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world's first commercially available 5GHz processor." The AMD FX-9590 is expected to ship this summer. It will be available in pcs initially through system integrators.