Piledrivers are elegant in comparison to Bulldozers

Subject: Processors | October 23, 2012 - 02:44 PM |
Tagged: vishera, Steamroller, piledriver, FX-8350, fx-8150, FX-6300, FX-6200, bulldozer, amd

The FX-8350 Vishera processor from AMD has finally arrived with 8 fully unlocked cores of polished Piledriver processing power.  With Piledriver there are no huge changes to the existing Bulldozer architecture, this is more of a polishing and optimizing the existing architecture and [H]ard|OCP's testing bears that out.  While faster than the previous generation FX-8150 it still lags behind Intel's Ivy Bridge processors, disappointing but certainly expected.  The unlocked cores do lend themselves somewhat to overclocking, with [H] hitting a stable 4.6GHz with all cores enabled, a 10% jump in frequency.  At that speed it does better when competing with Intel's offerings, until you overclock them as well at which point the comparative performance suffers somewhat.

Make sure to catch Josh's review, covering both the 8 core FX-8350 and the $132 FX-6300 which has a disabled module; bringing back memories of older AMD chips whose modules could be brought back to life.

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"AMD's new Piledriver core technology should not be a surprise to any enthusiast as much of its "embargoed" information has already been exposed on the Net. Today we take the AMD FX series model 8350 desktop variant, code named Vishera, and look at it in an enthusiast way as we expose its IPC at 4GHz, and a bit of overclocking."

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October 23, 2012 | 05:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They better be improved. BD was so bad that I wouldn't be surprised if you gave some away as trick-or-treat gifts just before Halloween.

Congrats on Trinity, AMD.

October 24, 2012 | 06:56 AM - Posted by Prodeous (not verified)

PCPer already posted a review of Piledriver, and yes, a nice improvement. Finaly worth an upgrade from my PIIX6 1090T. It's no Intel killer, but in some tasks like heavy multithreading it is finally showing off its mussle.

Overall 10-15% improvements from BD.

October 24, 2012 | 09:45 AM - Posted by dreamer77dd

i think AMD is not high performance chip compared to intel but can do more for less. Like great at BluRay video play back with out needed a dedicated GPU in a mobile device.

I see it as a SoC
system on a chip.

It doe sit all in a nice small package for cheap.

I seen benchmarks on some of the battery life and some even beat intel, probably because they have a gpu draining the battery.
for labtops i think their good as haviung high performance chip wont make your webpage appear faster or download happen faster. You put a SSD in and you will still be happy doing office work and school work. It can do everything and sometimes better for less.

I just want to see what they will do with HSA

Help people program and develop software to make these chips shine. i am not a developer but help me help you make your AMD chips work better. Help me make them perform better. Make it not a choir and see what will happen.

Playstation 3 was difficult to write games for and so people avoided writing code for it. You make it easy to write for and people are more likely going to put the time in to make it happen, simplify peoples lives.

i did not mean to rant but it happens.

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