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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.


To test out the FX-8150, AMD provided us with an ASUS Crosshair V Formula motherboard, plus an Asetek water cooling solution that is reported to be released for $100. On its own, the FX-8150 will be selling for $245 (AED 950), which is a bit more than the Core i7-2500K. And at the time of this review, the price for the FX-8150 is already hiked up by many retailers to around $280, bringing it closer to the $315 Core i7-2600K. The addition of the water based cooling solution brings up the total to a suggested retail price of $345 (AED 1250).

For testing the FX-8150 we have used the following setup:

-          Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula

-          CPU: AMD FX-8150 (8 cores/ 8 threads)

-          RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3-2133MHz

-          GPU: Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition

-          PSU: Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold

-          SSD: Kingston HyperX 240GB

Next up is the previous generation AMD 1100T Black Edition 6 core CPU:

-          Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3)

-          CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (4 cores/ 8 threads)

-          RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3-2133MHz

-          GPU: Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition

-          PSU: Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold

-          SSD: Kingston HyperX 240GB

And finally we have our resident testebed against which the FX-8150 will mainly go against:

-          Motherboard: ASUS M5-A96-EVO

-          CPU: AMD 1100T Black Edition (6 cores/ 6 threads)

-          RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3-2133MHz

-          GPU: Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition

-          PSU: Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold

-          SSD: Kingston HyperX 240GB

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