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Review: AMD FX-8350

by Tarinder Sandhu on 23 October 2012, 05:00 3.0

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Testing methodology

 

CPU comparisons

CPU Approx.
pricing
Default/Turbo frequency Cores threads Motherboard/BIOS Chipset Chipset driver
AMD FX-8350 £150* 4.0GHz/4.2GHz 8/8 ASUS Crosshair V Formula (1605) 990FX Cat 12.8 SB
AMD FX-8150 £135 3.6GHz/4.2GHz 8/8 ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Cat 12.8 SB
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T NA 3.3GHz/3.7GHz 6/6 ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Cat 12.8 SB
AMD A10-5800K £95 3.8GHz/4.2GHz 4/4 Gigabyte F2-A85X-UP4 (F3G) A85 Cat 12.8 SB
Intel Core i7-3770K £250 3.5GHz/3.9GHz 4/8 Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H (F3C) Z77 Intel Inf 9.3.0.1021
Intel Core i5-3570K £170 3.4GHz/3.8GHz 4/4 Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Z77 Intel Inf 9.3.0.1021
Intel Core i3-3225 £105 3.3GHz/NA 2/4 Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Z77 Intel Inf 9.3.0.1021
Intel Core i5-2500K NA 3.3GHz/3.7GHz 4/4 Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Z77 Intel Inf 9.3.0.1021
*Suggested retail price. Some parts may be unavailable now.

Common components

Discrete GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (306.97)
Memory Patriot IEM 8GB (2x4GB)
Memory speed 9-9-9-24-1T @ 1,600MHz
Power Supply Corsair AX750
Monitor BenQ EW2430
Disk drive(s) Samsung Series 830 256GB
Chassis Corsair Graphite 600T
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, 64-bit

Benchmarks

CPU  
AIDA64 Useful application to test memory bandwidth and latency
HEXUS.PiFast Using CPU power to crunch the constant to 10m places - light load
CINEBENCH R11.5 Multi-CPU render - heavy load
TrueCrypt 7.0a Encryption benchmark - heavy load
X264 HD 5.01 Two-pass media encoding - heavy load
7-zip 9.20 Multi-threaded compression tool - heavy load
GPU  
3Mark 11 DX11 benchmark that stresses the GPU and CPU
Batman: Arkham City 1,920x1,080, DX11, FXAA High, Extreme Quality
DiRT: Showdown 1,920x1,080, DX11, 4x MSAA, High Quality
Aliens vs. Predator 1,920x1,080, DX11, 4x MSAA, Very High Quality
Power-draw Run at idle and 3D load (Batman: Arkham City)

Notes

Another case of testing from scratch. We've used an ASUS Crosshair V motherboard flashed to the latest 1605 BIOS. We made sure that Windows 7 had all relevant hotfixes in place. It makes implicit sense to compare the Piledriver-based FX-8350's performance to Bulldozer's FX-8150. Adding some more AMD spice, a six-core Phenom II X6 1100T, based on Thuban technology, gives AMD's new architectures a run for their money.

Intel's four-core 'i5-3570K has already been identified as the natural competitor to FX-8350. It loses out in core count but ships with integrated HD 4000 Graphics. We've also included the last-gen Core i5-2500K and, shipping either side of the £150 price point, the Core i7-3770K and Core i3-3225 offer more context.

Want to know how well some of the above-mentioned chips perform in a Windows 8 environment? Stay tuned, we'll be providing all the answers in a forthcoming review.