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AMD FX 4100 Black Edition review

Can the quad-core Bulldozer CPU make a case for itself?

Our Verdict

Cut down versions of a top chip usually make a lot of sense. This time, not so much.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Cutting edge AMD architecture on the cheap
  • You might be able to unlock the extra modules

Against

  • Weak per-core performance
  • Not a great gaming chip

We've been waiting for AMD's brand new architecture for ages, and then Bulldozer turned out to be fairly underwhelming. Can the cheaper, quad-core AMD FX 4100 Black Edition rectify any of its wrongs?

Multi-threading and parallelism are all the rage. Put simply, more cores equals more fun, right?

Not, as it happens, when it comes to games, as seen in the AMD FX 8150. Despite the hype, the fact is PC games still don't scale all that well across multiple processor cores.

On the one hand, that's a disappointing state of affairs given the massively multi-core hoopla the likes of Intel have been pedalling for the last five years or so.

On the other, it also presents an opportunity for fanatical gamers to save a few quid.

After all, if it's just games that gets you going, we'd argue there's only so many cores you actually need.

Consider, therefore, the AMD FX 4100.

We can't be absolutely sure about this without official confirmation, but we reckon it's based on the very same two-billion transistor processor die as the range-topping FX 8150.

The difference is that two of the 8150's four Bulldozer modules have been nuked from orbit.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyFX
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed3.60 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3+
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification70°C
Overclocking Speed3.80 GHz
L2 Cache4 MB
Product SeriesFX
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product ModelFX-4100
Product NameFX Processor
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberFD4100WMGUSBX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.amd.com
Marketing Information

Blow away the competition with the unrestrained power of an AMD FX Processor. Unlocked out of the box and competitively-priced, AMD FX Processor give you more bang for your buck with aggressive performance and lightning-fast responsiveness.

Process Technology32 nm
Package Contents
  • FX Processor
  • AMD-qualified Heat sink and Fan with Thermal Interface
  • Installation Manual
  • Case Sticker
  • Certificate of Authenticity
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)38.8 g