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

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD

Test Setup


Testing for this release is going to be interesting, especially since we have not seen a significant refresh from AMD since the launch of the FX-6200 and FX-4170 parts.  The top end for AMD has been the FX-8150, which was released a year ago.  In the meantime we have seen Intel release their Ivy Bridge lineup, as well as the Ivy Bridge E series.  When we consider the overall cost of the Ivy Bridge E platform, AMD certainly is not in the running against those particular products.  In fact, it is a stretch to even compare the i7 3770K to anything AMD has, especially when considering that the 3770K retails for around $330 US.  That $330 would purchase the FX-8350 and a pretty decent motherboard

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The current top end for AMD is the FX-8350.  Note that it is still called Zambezi here.

AMD sent us the FX-8350 and the FX-6300 for review.  We are comparing it to the FX-8150, FX-6200, Phenom II X6 1100T, and the i7 3770K.  I did not have the i5 3570K available for comparison, but this four core/four thread part does look to be very nearly the equal of the FX-8350.  I do feel that it is quite interesting to see how the latest AMD flagship processor compares to the much more expensive Intel product.  Something to keep in mind is since the 3570K does not enable Hyperthreading, it will be at a disadvantage when being used with heavily multi-threaded applications.  Otherwise, Intel has a lock on being the overall x86 IPC leader.

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Taking a look at the older FX-6200 note the name, as well as the processor revision and compare it to the product above.

The AMD processors used the Asus Crosshair V Formula with the latest BIOS.  On the Intel side I used the Gigabyte G1-Sniper 3 motherboard.

Common Components

AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB

2 x 4GB GSkill DDR-3 1866 memory @ latencies

1 TB WD Caviar Black SATA-6G drive

Lite-On BDR Drive

Corsair TX750W Power Supply

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition

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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