|AMD FX-8350 Vishera Desktop Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 22 October 2012|
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AMD FX-8350 Conclusion
Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms. Complicating the matter is the fact that benchmarks change, a manufacturer may change the technical details of a product, and the retail price may change as well. So please use this review as just one piece of information, and do your research before making a buying decision.
The AMD FX-8350 CPU doesn't offer dramatic performance gains over last year's FX-8150, but its much lower introductory MSRP really levels the playing field between AMD and Intel. Especially in today's economy, builders are looking for the most bang for the buck, and that's where AMD is winning with this CPU.
Intel partisans can proudly point out that their CPUs provided much better single core performance, and that's certainly true; but what's also true is that even the lower AMD single core performance is more than fast enough in most situations. Enthusiasts will appreciate the 990FX platform's extra helping of SATA 6 ports and especially PCI-E lanes, and the ease and variety of overclocking mechanisms is an added bonus.
If you're the kind of enthusiast whose idea of a fun weekend is tweaking your system, you'll probably have more fun with an AMD box. And we already know that Intel's forthcoming Haswell CPUs will require yet another new socket (LGA1150), while there's at least one more generation of FX processors (Jackhammer) that will work in the same AM3+ socket used by Bulldozer and Piledriver, so remember that any new LGA1155 motherboard you buy now will probably be obsolete in less than a year.
The AMD FX-8350 is offered in OEM (FD8350FRW8KHK) and retail box (FD8350FRHKBOX) kits for $199.99 (Newegg | Amazon). On a pure performance level, right now AMD offers a better bang-for-the-buck in the $200 CPU market than does Intel. If your AMD rig already sports an FX-8150, there's no reason to upgrade; but if you're thinking about upgrading from an earlier AMD or Intel system, an FX-8350-based system should definitely be on your short list.
+ Eight cores and 5GHz on your desktop computer
Cons:- Single core performance still lags far behind Intel
- Few programs use new FX instructions like fused multiply-add, so the full performance potential remains untapped
Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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