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

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD

Results: WME 64 and Euler3D

 

WME 64

This multi-thread aware encoder is getting a bit old now, and will likely be replaced by a newer application which supports the latest QuickSync and GPGPU/OpenCL enabled processors.  Until I finish working out the kinks with the new application, we go with the old.  I take a 250 MB 1080P file and transcode it to 47 MB 480P.

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I was unable to get working numbers for the 8150, but we can again look at the 6300 and 6200 for a frame of reference.  The 6300 is six seconds faster than the faster clocked 6200 in this particular benchmark.

Euler3D

This benchmark uses a subset of a professional simulation which models airflow over an airfoil.  It is compiled to take advantage of SSE instructions on Intel processors, but otherwise uses x86 floating point instructions for any non-Intel processor.  Or at least we thought it did.

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We see a much bigger jump in performance with Vishera than we would expect.  For some reason Euler3D really likes Vishera vs. the older Phenom II and Zambezi.  We saw this behavior with the earlier Trinity review.  That being said, Intel still owns this particular benchmark.  We would expect the 8350 with 8 threads to actually beat the i5 3570K at its max 4 threads.  So even though the deck is somewhat stacked against AMD in this particular benchmark, the new processors make a decent showing.

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.

Thanks!

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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