|AMD FX-8350 Vishera Desktop Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 22 October 2012|
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Processor Testing Methodology
For this test I used the same ASUS Crosshair V Formula AMD 990FX motherboard that I used in our original Bulldozer FX-8150 review, updated with a new BIOS to support the FX-8350. Representing the Intel camp is the same Core i5-2500K CPU I used in the previous review, this time installed in an MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard. AMD presents the FX-8350's Intel competitor as the Ivy Bridge based Core i5-3750K, which replaces the Sandy Bridge based 2500K in Intel's lineup, but I didn't have one of these CPUs available.
In each case, I used the same 8GB (2x4GB) kit of DDR3-1600 memory, running at 9-9-9-24 timings; the same AMD Radeon HD7970 video card, and the same hard disk. In my FX-8150 review, the Intel 2500K turned in superior benchmark scores overall (if just barely) at stock clock speeds. Will things be different this time?
AMD is very proud of their CPU's overclocking prowess. When the FX-8150 came out, they actually managed to get it to boot into Windows at over 8GHz (on one core) when cooled with liquid helium. I managed to get a stable 5GHz overclock on the FX-8350 using a Corsair H100 closed loop water cooler, which is still pretty impressive and certainly the highest overclock I've ever managed to hit personally.
Intel Z77 Test Platform
AMD 990FX Test Platform