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AMD FX-8350 and FX-6300 Processor Review: Vishera Breaks Cover

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD

Results: 7-Zip and Valve Benchmarks


7 Zip

This open source file extractor and compressor has a very handy benchmark to show the relative MIPS of differing processors and thread counts.

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We again see a nice single thread performance increase with the new chips.  When we get to six threads though, the 8150, 6300, and 6200 are all around the same.  We see that bottlenecking again.  The 8350 stays ahead throughout, and in fact gets very close to the i7 3770K at 8 threads.  Not a terrible showing for AMD in this instance.

Valve Particle Simulation

Valve created a couple of benchmarks which can leverage CPUs with multiple cores.  The first of which is a particle simulation run within the Source engine.

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Well, the 8350 finally matches up in performance to the 1100T.  This particular benchmark has never been friendly to Bulldozer, and Piledriver looks no different.  Intel just smokes on this one.

Valve Map Compilation

The second test compiles a map using multiple cores.  This applies static lighting and other features throughout the map so it looks pretty once on the screen.

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We again see improvements from Zambezi to Vishera, but the old 1100T still acquits itself well here.  We see again that Intel has a significant lead in this particular benchmark.

October 24, 2012 | 07:35 PM - Posted by loophole (not verified)

Thanks for the indepth article Josh. Just one minor correction. In the Test Setup section on the third page, the third sentence reads:
"In the meantime we have seen Intel release their Ivy Bridge lineup, as well as the Ivy Bridge E series."

I'm assuming this should read "Sandy Bridge E" instead of Ivy E, unless you guys at PCPer have access to some shiny newness that you're not telling us about ;)

Otherwise, a good read.


October 25, 2012 | 12:29 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Ack, yes... I meant SB-E.  I almost wish that socket would just die...

October 28, 2012 | 03:44 AM - Posted by Arb (not verified)

It would be interesting to see how much power spike happened on the 8350 when it was clocked to 4.6ghz. Since its only 400mhz overclock but AMD cpu's lately have been know to chew power up on mild overclock's.

November 4, 2012 | 08:31 AM - Posted by Mykive (not verified)

I went from amd sempron to amd phenom then to 2x xeons loved it now im with i7 3770k 4.9Ghz im never going back to amd!

November 4, 2012 | 08:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

8 Cores, TDP @ 95w, stock speed 4.0ghz/4.6ghz turbo, running cool on air, under $200.00 then we're talking... until then I see no reason to purchase. Step in the right direction however..dont give up AMD!

January 25, 2013 | 08:47 PM - Posted by theprofiteer (not verified)

You guys do know both the PS3 and XBox720 will be using AMD APUs. AMD is not going anywhere.

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