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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer Processor
Features and Specifications
Bulldozer CPU Architecture
Processor Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests
PCMark Vantage Tests
CINEBENCH R11.5 Benchmarks
CPU-Dependent 3D Gaming
PassMark PerformanceTest
Media Encoding Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
SPECapc Lightwave
Blender and POV-Ray
Bulldozer Core Performance
AMD FX New Instructions
AMD FX-8150 Overclocking
Bulldozer Final Thoughts
AMD FX-8150 Conclusion

Blender

Blender is an open-source, free content creation suite of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation capabilities. Originally released in 2002, it's available in versions for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and several Unix distributions. It supports rigid and soft-body objects and can handle the draping and animation of cloth, as well as the rendering and animation of smoke, water, and general particle handling.

Our Blender test renders multiple frames of an animation of a rotating chunk of ice, with translucency and reflections. Rendering of this model uses ray-tracing algorithms and the program reports the rendering time for each of the animation's 25 frames. The results are a summation of the rendering time for all frames and the lower the score, the better.

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Another win for the Core i5 2500K, although by only a whisker-thin margin: 5% at stock clock speeds and 15% when overclocked.

POV-Ray

The Persistence of Vision ray tracer is a free, open source 3D modeling program that uses ray-tracing algorithms to generate realistic three dimensional images. Ray tracing is very computationally intensive, and the POV-Ray program has a handy built-in benchmark to let you check the performance of your system. AMD wins this round, posting stock-clocked results that are 26% better than Intel, although the FX-8150's lead narrows to a mere percentage point when both processors are overclocked.

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Well, we've seen how the processors compare in both synthetic and real-world benchmarks. But since the Bulldozer module represents a new core architecture for AMD, I think it would be interesting to compare single-core performance.



 

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