AMD FX-8350 Processor Review @ HH

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  1. craig5320

    craig5320 Well-Known Member

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    AMD FX-8350 Processor Review

    "Now a year on from the FX-8150 launch AMD are back with a revision of their performance orientated CPUs. The new FX-8350 revises the cores used and bumps up the speed for a product which again is designed to maximise price and performance for those looking to spend about $199 on a chip. We will be taking a look at the new chip in a selection of real world and synthetic tests against the FX-8150 and i5-3570K along with a look at the benefits of AMDs recently launched 12.11 beta driver which promises much improved 7000 series performance."
     
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    Wow! I see vishera reviews everywhere! It does match up to i5's performance somehow but high power consumption and low single-thread performance remains to be an issue. AMD better move on and leave the FX architecture. FM2 APUs are more promising, they should develop the APUs and move away from the FXs...
     
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    I still think 32nm Thuban would be a better bet.

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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    I'm not overly impressed at all..
     
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    Well, good article, thank you for the effort. ;) Last year at this time, I had upgraded from a P2 945 to P2 1090T but so no real difference. :tears: I decided to sell the 1090T and pick up a 8120 on sale about 1.5 weeks ago and wish I had done that back when they first came out.

    The 8120 just overclocks better and is more fun to overclock with. :) If the rumored changes in steamroller happen, I think I will upgrade then as well.
     
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    What do you do with your PC? For most common uses, an OCd Phenom II X6 works out faster than an OCd 8120. If you saw no difference from adding two cores on the same architecture, I don't see how going to 8 cores on a slower architecture could be an improvement.
     
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    I found overall boot time, multitasking and overall speed to be much faster. So far, I have the chip up to 4.3Ghz and that is only because I am using an H50 which will not let me go higher. The 1090T I had never got above 3.8GHz stable and was just not a good purchase for me. (If the 1090T could have gotten to 4.1GHz, then it would have been worth it.) I had that 945 to 3.615GHz so you can see why there was virtually no real difference.
     
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    from another review:

     
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    Fair enough. If you saw no difference from basically just adding two cores onto your Phenom II X4, what made you choose the 8-core FX?
     
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    With the majority of owners really enjoying and giving a thumbs up to their FX 8120 experiences, I realized that I wanted one as well. Benchmarks are fine, but real owners and their opinions are better.

    I game, watch blurays, dvd's and netflix, watch live tv and basically tweak my computer.
     
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    I have similar usage, and I'd definitely give the FX4 series some consideration in a new build, but no other FX product.
     
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    not me, I'd have to only utilize AMD for it's APU technology.
    A10-5800K (7660D) + HD 6670 can be a powerful little HTPC / light gamer unit.
    but other than that there is no reason to go AMD.

    so I'm glad I rid myself of my AM3+ hardware to be honest.
    but for those who have a 975-980BE or 1090/1100T they have to be mad right now..

    to wait for 2+ years and get this...?!
    FX-Bulldozer and the 8120/50 for example was a side grade from 975-980BE or 1090/1100T users.
    and most of them had/have their hopes up on Piledriver.

    I'd be disappointed.
     
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    If it gets to the point where you want the 6670 as well, you'd be better off with an Intel dual core and a discrete card.

    Not really, both of those are still good CPUs. 6 months ago I picked up my Phenom II X4, Asus Crosshair III (AM3, not AM3+), 8GB RAM and Killer 2100 for £90, which was less than the price of a new i3. I'm pretty pleased with it.

    Personally, I didn't buy the platform for its upgrade potential. My motherboard doesn't even support BD. Perhaps it's different for AM3+ users, but I don't see how being a Phenom II 980 owner with no upgrade options is any worse than being an i7-970 owner or an i5-760 owner. It's not like any of those CPUs need replacing anyway.

    If I was looking at a new build (say my PC was destroyed in a fire or stolen), I'd have to weigh up the power efficiency of an i3-3220 against the OCd performance of an FX43**.

    An FX6***, 3450, 3570K, 3770K or Xeon E3-1230V2 would be overkill for me.
     
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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    this is very true after some longer thought.
    the benches show the i3-2120 outrunning the A10 especially in most games.


    I know those chips are good.
    my point is this and I might be in a different situation than most.
    but me personally knowing that a chip is not as good as something else I can get for little to no effort then I will make the change.
    I got tired of my 980BE @ 4.2GHz getting out benched by an i5-2400.
    i5-2400 that's not really overclock-able..
    even with SSD and AM3+ mobo with DDR3 1866MHz I still kept on getting housed by lesser tier level (Intel i5-2400 is a mid-range) chip.
    it bothered me that bad.


    I bought the AM3+ plat for it's upgrade potential, true story, I had a perfectly good AM2+ unit and my all-time favorite mobo, M3N78-EM.
    I didn't need to upgrade really but FX-Bulldozer was coming and I wanted a FX-4170 (or so I thought). I was running a 955BE @ 3.6GHz
    the when FX-Bulldozer was released I stayed up for the reviews and went to bed mad as hell.
    next morning I ordered a 980BE to finish my AM3+ hardware purchases that included SSD.
    I think I was hurt more than anyone.

    as for my i5-760 @ 3.52GHz | P55 | (SLi) GTX 460 TwinFrozr Talons I ran for about 2 years, I sold that unit for the 2550K unit I have now.
    i5-760 @ 3.52GHz vs 2500K @ 4.3GHz is not a fair fight.

    I must say that I have minimized expenses when upgrading because I have had parts to sell and make up the difference spent.

    no contest for me anymore, Intel solution.
    even if I have to get a lesser Z68/75/77 mobo and the i3 then that's the way I'm going.
    I can always upgrade the CPU later.
    AMD upgrade (side-grade) options are just that.
    sideways..

    well the FX-6 is the worse of the group and should be all melted down and refabbed into better chips.. :p
    I'm not seeing myself needing more than the 3570K.
    anything more to me is a waste.
     
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    With the upgrade options comment, I meant that for either an i5-760 owner or a Phenom X6 owner, a significantly better CPU will require a new motherboard. (Unless you count the i7-860 or FX-8350 as significant upgrades in those cases, which I do not.)
     
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    I've had my X4 975 for over 2 1/2 years now and it still servs me well. All the games I play work just fine. I really can't find a good enough reason for upgrading right now and since the FX series doesn't seem to be any improvement at all over it I see an even less reason to do so.

    I really hope AMD can come up with something that's quite a bit better soon because eventually I'll have to get something new to keep up with never games. As it is right now I might get a new gfx card to replace my 5870 and perhaps more memory to get a wee bit more out of what I have now.

    Unless I go with this X79 motherboard I won. I haven't decided what to do with it yet...
     
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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    depending on which X79 it is you could sell it for 3570K and Z77, it all depends.
    but then a build with it would be bad-ass..
    sell the 975 hardware and pool all the funds together.
    or you could keep it in the closet doing nothing, just sitting there.. :p
    hmm.

    I hate prizes or gifts of hardware I have no use for at the time, they become a pain all by themselves.
     
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    5870 already seems OTT for 1650*1050 :p
     
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    Nonsense. Nothing wrong with AMD's current architecture. As it matures it will eventually equal or surpass Intel's offerings. Steamroller will be the game changer for AMD with its insider rumoured claiming up to +45% performance improvement Clock 4 Clock vs. Today's Piledriver.
     
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