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AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Overclocked to 4.3Ghz on stock voltage

Around 15% faster in application performance such as handbrake vs my old 1100T OC 3.9 GHz

Around 20-30% faster in newer games compared to my old Phenom which again was OC at 3.9 GHz. I think this is over games using newer instruction sets in the CPU that my Phenom did not have. I tested this with SimCity as well as Watchdogs and BF4 and Farcry 3.

Game developers actually recommend this processor over an I5 this is because of the consoles having 8 cores that are also from Amd but way weaker per core than this and clocked low. Over this these Fx processors are aging really well and newer games perform around an I5 Haswell if not the I7 such as watch dogs and BF4 and it won’t stop happening its crazy these CPU’s launched with I3 sandy bridge performance in gaming over aging software coding (games only using 2 cores since 2005) to around I5 haswell-I7 ivy with modern coding (games using 4+ cores).

If you stream live in gaming do not even think about getting an I5 go with this or an I7 the extra cores will help you a lot in making sure your game is not disturbed much

Cons: AM3+ boards are really starting to look old now with only PCI-E 2.0 and still no actual support for USB 3.0 just a hacked version board manufactures use unlike the APU’s which have integrated Northbridge.

32nm this is the reason why power consumption is so high not to mention all that cache 16mb.

Slower by around 40% per core per clock compared to Intel however they are giving you twice the cores so it makes up for it in newer games and newer applications.

People who say games do not use more than 4 cores although this may have been true but that doesn't mean you should buy a 4 core fx which can only handle 2 cores heavily and the other 2 cores will now only perform 70-80% as good over CMT. Actually the 8 core FX handles 4 heavy threads the best sense the OS can lock those heavy threads on 1 per module vs 1 per core which saves you from losing 20% performance.

Most games still only use 3 cores heavily so if you can’t afford this get a 6300fx which can handle 3 threads heavily but this or a 8320fx will future proof you more just don’t get a 4 core fx again over it only handling 2 threads heavily.

Other Thoughts: This is a CMT design this is a real 8 core processor that shares resources such as cache, fetch ,decode as well as the FPU this helps this be a real 8 integer processor and keep power consumption around 125 watts.

CMT means single threaded performance will suffer a bit over sharing resources but that is not the only reason why Amd is around 40% slower per clock per core compared to Haswell this has to do with Piledriver only having 2 AGU/2 ALU even the Phenom has 3 ALU/ 3 AGU and Haswell has 4 ALU/ 4 AGU Amd claims with the Phenom they could not feed the cores fast enough so they dropped it. Also Bulldozer/Piledriver design has 4 IPC per module or 2 per core and the Phenom has 3 per core and Intel has 4 per core. Plus the fact that their Branch predictor isn’t as good as Intel’s is the reason why Amd is slower per core per clock around 40%.

Amd knows this wasn’t the smartest thing to do and they are actually dropping the CMT design in the next 2 years for a newer design rumored to have SMT which is Intel’s version that only scales around 20-30% instead of 70-80% as CMT, however it takes almost no hardware to do this so its essentially a free add on that does not take up die space.
Think of the FX series as this 80% times the amount of cores it has then you have the real CPU performance. For example this 8 core times 80% gets you a 6.4 core processor or a 4 core fx gets you a 3.2 core 6 core gets you a 4.8 core.

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SAPPHIRE 100364L Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card runs cool uses around 175 watts about the same as a 7950 Amd which is all this GPU is a rebrand of that GPU which is ok Nvidia does this to.

Cons: BSOD on flash videos but not in high-end games? This has to be a driver issue? Wondering if the Intel I5 is trying to use the onboard video instead for those simple tasks?

This GPU performs around a 660 TI actually its only around 3-5% slower but it uses 30% more power read a review from techpowerup they compare all the newer video cards.

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MSI B85M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Entry DVI Business Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Usb 3.0
Sata 6
PCI-E 3.0
Those 3 things are rare to find for this cheap from Intel and this board is reliable and fast
Build a I5 machine with a 270X with 8GB of ram this board runs it well

Cons: Wish Intel would just stop with the Sata 2 and just stick with Sata 3.

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justin D.'s Profile

Display Name: justin D.

Date Joined: 12/24/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 10/19/13
  • Last Review: 08/02/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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