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AMD FX-8150 Review


Closer Look:

Rather than dazzle you with rewriting what AMD already has to say about the Bulldozer architecture, I have a few slides that really deliver the messaging on the architecture.
























In select markets the AMD FX processor will be available with an optional liquid cooling solution from Asetek and is essentially an Antec Kuler 920. The expected upcharge is reported to be around $100 where available. The cooling system interfaces with the operating system via a program called FX Chill Control. It's meant to interface with the operating system for full control of the cooling solution. There are four tabs to the software — Dashboard, Graphs, Fan control, and Settings. The dashboard shows the speed of the pump and fans, the sound level, and liquid temperature. The graphs plot the temperature curve of the liquid in the loop and the fan speed. Fan control allows you to set up a fan profile with fan ramp start temperature and full fan speed temperature of the liquid. Notifications can be set for liquid temperature and fan speed. Last is the Settings tab, where you can change the temperature display configuration, allow the application to start at boot, and how often that the data points are polled. The skin color can be changed from red to black but the red is easily the better looking of the two options. When the FX-8150 is put under a load, the temperatures delivered were in the range I expected and were similar to the results delivered by the Corsair H80 used for testing. Prime stability, at least for 5 hours, was reached at 4.6GHz with load temperatures of 71 to 79 degrees Celsius depending on the program used. AMD Overdrive reports lower than the motherboard utility. So pick one and stick with it.




8.4GHz is not going to happen with traditional cooling solutions but lets see how high the FX-8150 can go with commercially available cooling.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  6. Testing: Office 2007, POVray, ProShow, Handbrake
  7. Testing: Sisoft Sandra 2011, AIDA64
  8. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  9. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  10. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  11. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  12. Testing: Futuremark 3DMark 11
  13. Conclusion
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