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AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

  • 32nm Zambezi 125W
  • 8MB L3 Cache
  • 8MB L2 Cache
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Unlock and load. Blow away the competition with the unrestrained power of an AMD FX processor. Experience unmatched multitasking and pure core performance with the industry’s first 32nm 8-core desktop processor. Get the speed you crave with AMD Turbo CORE Technology to push your core frequencies to the limit when you need it most. Go beyond the limits of maximum speed with easy-to-use AMD OverDrive and AMD Catalyst Control Center software suites*. But the best part of all? You’ll get all this impressive performance at an unbelievable price. You’ll be asking yourself “what competition?” in no time.

Combine an AMD FX CPU with an AMD 9-series chipset motherboard and AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards to create the AMD “Scorpius” platform. Get lost in the action with ultra-responsive gameplay and insanely lifelike HD powered by VISION FX Technology from AMD. Overtake your rivals with the raw power and superior performance of an unlocked CPU*. Immerse yourself in an accelerated HD experience with AMD Radeon GPU and Microsoft DirectX 11 capable graphics. *Note: AMD’s product warranty does not cover damage caused by overclocking (even when overclocking is enabled via AMD Overdrive software).

  • newegg Unlocked AMD FX 8-Core Processor The industry’s first and only native 8-core desktop processor delivers unmatched multitasking and pure core performance with all-new “Bulldozer” architecture. New 32 nanometer die shrink was designed to reduce leakage for improved efficiency, increased clock rate headroom and better thermals. Immerse yourself in the most advanced 3D games. Achieve extreme mega-tasking with ease.
  • newegg AMD Turbo CORE Technology The AMD FX Processors come equipped with AMD Turbo CORE Technology, a performance boosting technology that helps increase performance on the applications that need it the most.
  • newegg New Instruction Capabilities – AVX, FMA4 and XOP, AES Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) increase parallelism tailored for scientific and 3D applications that use heavy floating point calculations. Floating Point Vector Multiply-Accumulate improves throughput and performance on many vector functions (integer and floating point). Advanced Encryption Standard noticeably increases performance on the latest encryption applications like TrueCrypt and benchmarks like PCMark.
  • newegg AMD HyperTransport Technology HyperTransport Technology (HT or HTT) is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point link which helps reduce the number of buses in a system thus reducing system bottlenecks and enabling today's faster microprocessors to use system memory more efficiently in high-end multiprocessor systems. With HTT, the AMD FX-8120 enjoys up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus).
  • newegg Integrated DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology The AMD FX Processor features a high-bandwidth, low-latency integrated memory controller that supports up to DDR3-1866 and new low voltage memories of 1.35V and 1.2V and provides new Pre-Fetcher improvements and direct communications to each core in Dual-Core module (APIC registers in each core).
  • newegg AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) Technology with IOMMU Silicon feature-set enhancements designed to improve the performance, reliability, and security of existing and future virtualization environments by allowing virtualized applications with direct and rapid access to their allocated memory. IOMMU is an extension to AMD64 architecture to support address translation and access protection on DMA transfers. AMD-V with IOMMU helps virtualization software to run more securely and efficiently enabling a better experience when dealing with virtual systems.

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CPU Socket Type

CPU Socket Type
Socket AM3+

Tech Spec

Core Name
# of Cores
Operating Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
Manufacturing Tech
64-Bit Support
Hyper-Transport Support
Virtualization Technology Support
Thermal Design Power
Cooling Device
Heatsink and fan included

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • daniel h.
  • 3/16/2014 1:11:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat CPU

Pros: This thing is a beast. I have mine over clocked at 4.2 ghz on a 35 dollar cooler with article cooler thermal paste and evo 212+ cooler. This thing is insane, coming from a 3.5 ghz dual core the performance is night and day. I use this for gaming Microsoft word excel, photoshop and have outbox and google chrome running all while I'm playing battlefield 4 and system never struggles at all. I am running SLI GeForce 760 4gb FTW editio. Cards and in bf4 I get over 120 FPS.

Cons: The only possible con is that more games and programs still aren't with the future yet and using 8 cores. Otherwise this CPU is the best for price. I have built over 20 computers for customers using this processor and every one of them is amazed at the performance for the price compared to Intels line .

Other Thoughts: This CPU I have paired with.
Asrock fata1ty 990 fx killer board
32gb crucial ballistix 1600 ram
Intel 240 gb ssd(bf4 dayz)
Samsung evo 120gb ssd(windows)
Sea gate 1tb(media)
750 watt thermal take tr2

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  • Joe M.
  • 3/9/2014 9:15:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood product

Pros: This CPU works great. Originally chose those over intel for the price to core ratio and I am definitely glad I chose this CPU. Hardcore gaming not a problem, streaming not a problem, rendering not a problem. Even making video games with powerful software not a problem.

Cons: Heat!! If you get this CPU you HAVE to get a better fan/sink. It just cannot keep up with the heat it gives off. My CPU clocked 80c before new fan. If CPU fan was better I'd give 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Save yourself the trouble and buy the new fan when you buy this.

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  • Lee T.
  • 2/26/2014 5:12:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt does what I need

Pros: I was skeptical buying anything in its first generation I was very pleased with this CPU. I have a fried with an 1100T and we compare game benchmarks and this chip will generally outperform the 1100T on any new game. Very few games will push all 8 cores to their max but it does have weaker single core performance than Intel's $300 comparisons. This isn't the best CPU on the market but I see very little performance drops not caused by RAM or GPU issues. It has even been generously OC'd for 6 months without any complaints. For the price I couldn't ask for more.

Cons: Subpar single threaded performance. Older games and those made from smaller studios use the cores inefficiently. Not AMDs fault but be aware.

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  • Jeff M.
  • 2/20/2014 7:37:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5!!

Pros: Screams! This beast can handle anything i throw at it. Huge upgrade from my Phenom II.

Cons: This thing screams two ways. 1) Fast 2) and this is the Con.....the fan and heatsink that comes with this does indeed scream. It is incredibly loud and runs hot. I have gotten several blue screens because of how hot it gets. I got a Cooler Master Hyper N520 and fixed this issue. So just a thought when getting this processor, buy an aftermarket cpu cooler.

Other Thoughts: I would indeed suggest this thing to my friends and anyone else reading this review. Just be sure to get an aftermarket cooling system.

AMD FX-8120
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 rpm
XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870 Ghz Edition
Cooler Master Hyper N520

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  • Jonathan M.
  • 2/7/2014 7:43:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis CPU rocks!

Pros: Combined with a liquid cooler this CPU rocks. Has worked flawlessly since 2012 - Plays all my sons games at highest resolutions without hesitation. AMD engineering did a great job with this one.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Would buy another AMD CPU.

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  • Richard N.
  • 2/6/2014 11:02:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Chip for the Price

Pros: Good performance for price
Can be overclocked between 30%-35%

All around a good CPU. Been using it for almost two years now.

Cons: I have one major problem with this CPU. The stock heatsink and fan can not keep up with heat the CPU gives off. I recently purchased a H80i to fix this problem.

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  • Edward C.
  • 1/4/2014 3:08:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRocks in my ESXi Server

Pros: Great ESXi processor especially given the price when on sale.

Cons: nada

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  • Rigoberto I.
  • 12/5/2013 3:49:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's an AMD and Rock Solid

Pros: I have purchased Buldozers since launch and well i have not had any reason what so ever to say the least that i have been disapointed in them. i can care less of benchmarks. i dont use these Bulldozers for that. i game with them and blu ray with them and i just dont see why i should knock off eggs or any ratings whats so ever. I have purchased 2 of these and a FX4100 and i have had nothing but good results with them.

Cons: the only thing about them is that they run a little warm if overclocked. i have both of these OC'ed @ 4.5ghz and under load they run at 54°c on air. but they dont seem to lose performance what so ever.

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  • Jennifer A.
  • 12/2/2013 5:12:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect, Works great!

Pros: It works great and is capable of running many windows and games simultaneously. It is exactly what I wanted!

Cons: None.

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  • Kathleen M.
  • 11/23/2013 5:09:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsReview

Pros: 1. Price
2. Amazing Performance
3. Eight Cores
4. Good Caches
5. Good Instruction Support

Cons: 1. Only 8 Threads
2. Vishera > Zambezi

Other Thoughts: Amazing CPU for the price paid, although I wish it had 16 threads instead of only 8, the performance would increase a lot if it had 16 threads.

The chip can get hot if overclocking, I turned Turbo Core off and set the clock at 4.0 GHz instead.

Wish I would have gone with the Vishera instead of this, Vishera is basically the Revision 2 of Zambezi...

For the price though it's a great CPU! Go with Vishera though.

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