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

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD

Results: Skyrim and 3D Mark 2011



This title is CPU bound when using a relatively high end GPU.  A manual runthrough was captured with FRAPS.  Settings are put to 1280x960 with Ultra level graphics, 8X AA, and 16X AF.

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We see a nice jump from the 8150 to the 8350.  Just as interesting is that of the 6300 from the 6200.  I was honestly surprised in my runthrough how close the 8350 was able to get to the 3770K.  I was honestly expecting Intel to run away with this particular benchmark.  Still, a more powerful video card would likely expose a larger divide between the two top processors.

3D Mark 2011

The latest 3D Mark has a nice blend of CPU and GPU bound tests, though it does skew more towards the GPU side.  Still, we see some interesting differences throughout testing.  The Performance preset was used.

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In another strange anomaly, the 8150 has an overall higher score.  The graphics bound portions were a little higher, but not dramatically so.  The important part is to look at the PT test.  We see this CPU bound test really shows the differences between the different processors.  Yeah, the i7 is pretty tough to beat.

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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