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AMD FX-8370 Overview

Stay on the path to glory with an AMD FX processor in your system.
AMD FX processors deliver the highest clocks and most cores you can get on a consumer desktop – plus more cache memory than comparably-priced competition – for a top-tier experience with Windows 10 and DirectX 12.

AMD FX-8370 Processor and Wraith Cooler
Maximum multithreading capacity and the highest clock rate in its class.Now paired with virtually silent top-of-the-line AMD Wraith Cooler. AMD’s new Wraith Cooler generates less than one-tenth the noise of its predecessor, backlit illumination and an attractive fan shroud.

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The CPU—short for computer processing unit, or processor—is the nerve center of a computer, the master hardware component. It is a small, wafer-shaped semiconductor that communicates via millions of on/off electrical impulses passing through billions of transistors. It drives other system components to carry out the commands of the user.

When you buy a computer or start a PC build, the processor is usually the first consideration. More than any other single component, the CPU determines the capability of the system. For example, in a high-end gaming PC or workstation, the CPU may not be the most expensive component in the computer (usually the graphics card) but it is largely responsible for how that graphics card performs. A high-power graphics card won’t make up for lower power CPU. The two don’t mix; it results in a bottleneck wherein neither processor performs up to standard.

Know the common metrics used for CPU comparison. These are clock speed (GHz frequency), number of processor cores, cache memory capacity, and overclocking capabilities.

Buying the best CPU entails matching performance metrics with the planned use of the PC.

Avoid common mistakes like buying an Intel Core i7 for gaming, thinking it that it outperforms the lesser-priced Intel Core i5 in that area. It doesn’t—Intel Core i7 architecture is tuned for pro content creation applications and offers negligible advantages for running games.

Consider first what you want the computer to do and choose components most appropriate for those tasks. Start like this:

  • Collect system requirements for games of applications you plan to use.
  • Set a budget for the entire system; how much do you have to spend?
  • Think about the lifecycle of your PC hardware; how long before you want to upgrade?
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