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AMD Vishera FX-8350 Review

formerstaff    -   October 22, 2012
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Testing:

Testing the AMD FX-8350 Processor will involve running it and its comparison products through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which include both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual game play, in which we can see if similarly-prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest chipset drivers for each board and latest AMD Catalyst drivers for the XFX HD R7970. To ensure as few variables as possible, all hardware will be tested at their stock speeds, timings, voltages, and latencies, unless otherwise stated. Turbo Boost will be disabled on all processors to make a fair comparison without skewing results. After stock speed testing, each processor will then be over-clocked as much as possible, while still maintaining full stability.

 

Testing Setup: AMD 

 

Testing Setup: Intel Socket 2011

 

Testing Setup: Socket 1155

 

Comparison CPUs:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD FX-8350 - 5200MHz (200 x 26)

 

Overclocking the FX-8350 was as easy as overclocking gets. I chose the "Ultra High" setting in the BIOS for the Load Line Control of the Gigabyte UD7, turned off Turbo Core and all energy management features (C1, Cool 'N' Quiet, C6 support etc), and I simply kept raising the unlocked multiplier of the FX-8350 with intermittent stress testing and voltage changes. It is apparent that CPUID needs an update for the Vishera line as the voltage did not match the BIOS readings. I ended up at 5200MHz at 1.520. Temperatures stayed in check throughout never getting above 65 °C according to HW monitor. For those of you who are not comfortable in the BIOS or would like to try out setting before committing to them, AMD has a brand new AOD version 4.2.3 for you to take advantage of or you can simply let AMD Turbo Core do it for you.

 

 

 

Maximum Core Clock Speed:

Each CPU has been tested for stability at the listed over-clocked speeds. These clock speeds will represent the level of performance shown by the over-clocked scores in the testing.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Geekbench 2.1
  4. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  5. POV-Ray 3.7
  6. Bibble 5
  7. Sandra 2012
  8. AIDA64 2.60
  9. HandBrake .9.8
  10. ScienceMark 2.02
  11. Cinebench 10 & 11.5
  12. HD Tune 4.60
  • Video:
  1. Metro 2033
  2. DiRT 3
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. 3DMark 11

Well we have our lineup and maximum stable overclocks. Time to see what results we get from the second generation Vishera




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  5. Testing: Office 2007, PovRay, Handbrake, ProShow Gold
  6. Testing: SiSoft Sandra, AIDA 64
  7. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  8. Testing: Metro 2033
  9. Testing: DiRT 3
  10. Testing: Battelfield 3
  11. Testing: 3DMark 11
  12. Conclusion
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