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

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD

Results: Cinebench R10 and Cinebench R11.59


Cinebench R10

This slightly older benchmark is more float heavy and does not recognize many of the higher level instruction sets of the very latest processors.  It also shows very good scaling when using multiple cores.  Those particular tests should give us a good idea of how well HyperThreading compares to AMD’s CMT.

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Here we see a nice boost in single threaded performance.  Note especially the FX-6300 result.  It is clocked at 3.5 GHz while the 8150 is 3.6 GHz.  200 points is a pretty good chunk of performance in this particular benchmark.  Note as well the 6300 outpacing the 6200 by a much larger margin in single threaded performance.  Note also how that particular advantage goes away when using all six cores.  Even though Vishera fixes a lot of issues, it seems that there are still bottlenecks in the architecture, especially when using max threads.

Cinebench R11

The much more current version of this benchmark does take better advantage of the latest instructions, but still is missing some support.

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The 8350 really takes a big step forward for AMD in R11.5.  While it does not reach the performance of the 3770K, it significantly closes the gap.  The 6300 and 6200 are neck and neck, which again bodes well for Vishera as the 300 MHz difference between the two (and 35 watt TDP difference) certainly stands out.

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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