AMD FX-8150 Review

By on October 27, 2011
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A decent performing, but overhyped CPU.

Good: Eight cores fully unlocked; Decent stock ad Turbo speeds; Runs cool at stock speeds; Cheap entry point
Bad: Outperformed by Intel offering; Runs very hot during overclock; Not much software in the market optimized for eight cores
Price: AED 950
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The AMD FX series CPUs have been talked about since longer than I care to imagine, with a lot of excitement surrounding the new architecture coming in from their Opteron, server based CPU, lines. Eight cores with eight threads on a CPU running at 3.6GHz on stock and the ability to turbo up to 3.9GHz on all eight cores or 4.2GHz on four cores, the AMD FX-8150 had a lot of promise. And what with the world record breaking 8.429GHz overclock on liquid helium, the hype for the Bulldozer CPUs was higher than ever.

Instead what we got was something of a mixed bag: a CPU that on paper is powerful enough to outshine any mainstream LGA1155 offering from Intel, but in reality isn’t. With the launch of the FX series, AMD plans to bring back their historical moniker of their previous FX branded CPUs which were the flagship offerings from the company at the time; now the FX brand is fragmented into four, six and eight core CPUs with different speeds and prices.

The specs of the FX-8150, their flagship FX series processor is pretty impressive. Made on a 32nm die with 2 million transistors and compatible with all AM3+ motherboards, the eight cores run at 3.6GHz, supported by 256 KB of L1 Instruction Cache, 8 MB of L2 and L3 Cache. As with the FM1 chips, the new FX CPUs also support DDR3-1866MHz natively.

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