AMD FX-8350 – Real Value For Money

Each of the eight cores of the AMD’s Piledriver-designed FX-8350 CPU clocks at 4GHz, with the ability to reach up to 4.2GHz on easy overclocking. L2 cache is 8MB while L3 is 8MB shared cache with, as AMD claims, “improved scheduling and pre-fetch capabilities,” allowing “increased data queue sizes.”

That bit of detail should tell you that the FX-8350 is A) good for video editing and B) great at multi-tasking. But is it good for gaming? 

Yes, it will handle modern games well enough. In fact, it will take on any game without issue. But in most games, it will be outgunned by the i5 3570K and i7 3770K.

Where the FX-8350 comes into its own in gaming is as a boost for a middle-of-the-range graphics card, meaning you will get good results with a relatively low budget. The FX-8350 costs R3 211-95 – slightly cheaper than an i5 3570K and much cheaper than the i7 3770K. When it comes to value for money, the FX-8350 is really hard to beat.

Here’s how a HardwareCanucks review puts it –

Now it’s true that the i5-3570K is the best gaming chip of the bunch, but in almost everything else including video encoding and file compression/extraction, it loses badly to the FX-8350. The FX-8350 is still more than enough for perfectly smooth gaming at max settings so I’d still take the FX-8350.

AMD FX Series

FX-8350 benchmarks

Google it! You’ll get loads of FX-8350 benchmarks on different mobos, with different graphic cards, different memory setups and for different games. As mentioned above, the i5 and i7 will outperform it on premium setups while the FX-8350 performs better than the i3.

Here’s a good example by TechRadar

CPU gaming performance
Batman: AC: Frames per second: Higher is better

AMD FX-8350: 114
AMD FX-8150: 126
Intel Core i7 3770K: 177
Intel Core i5 3570K: 164

CPU gaming performance
Shogun 2: CPU Frames Per Second: Higher is better

AMD FX-8350: 25
AMD FX-8150: 22
Intel Core i7 3770K: 35
Intel Core i5 3570K: 34

On that same page, you’ll also have proof of the overclocking potential and the superior multi-threading power of the FX-8350:

Overclocking performance
Max OC: GHz: Higher is better

AMD FX-8350: 4.7
AMD FX-8150: 4.6
Intel Core i7 3770K: 4.7
Intel Core i5 3570K: 4.7

CPU rendering performance (multi-thread)
Cinebench: R11.5 Index score: Higher is better

AMD FX-8350: 6.71
AMD FX-8150: 5.71
Intel Core i7 3770K: 7.14
Intel Core i5 3570K: 5.70

FX-8350 OVERCLOCK

AMD and OC usually is spoken in one breath. Keep in mind that you can overclock an FX-8350 to your heart’s delight – providing you have ample cooling. If you’re an OC mad man, you’ll get the FX-8350 to run 5.1GHz! However, it safer to run it max 4.8GHz. Darn, that ain’t bad for speed! And then you really get the FX-8350 going. As Overclockers reported

Looking at the first three games in our suite, things aren’t looking too bad at all. Aliens vs. Predator is the best looking of the bunch, with the FX-8350 coming in just one FPS short of the 3770K.

The FX-8350 takes a little hit in Batman, with a 9 FPS loss, but overclocking it regains some of that to cut the deficit to only 5 FPS.

They also point out: “So, the FX-8350 can be close to directly competitive when benchmarking more GPU-bound benches. It’s not as strong as the 3770K, but that’s pretty obvious and it’s not marketed (or priced) to be as strong.”

The bottom line

The AMD FX-8350 runs on an AM3+ socket platform that supports up to DDR3-1866, does not bottleneck on multi-GPU use, is great for HD video editing and complex 3D modeling, and is a real value for money. Oh yes, and it can be overclocked madly!

Date: 25 Mar 2014