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AMD FX 6100 Black Edition review

Six cores beats four cores, right? Well...

Our Verdict

An interesting option, but only if the module-enabling prospects turn out good.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Hexa-core (6 Core)

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For

  • AMD's latest microarchitecture
  • Decent multi-threading throughout

Against

  • Weak per-core performance
  • Jury's out on module re-enabling

When is a six-core PC processor not a six-core PC processor? When it's AMD's new FX 6100 Black Edition.

Long before AMD released its fancy new FX chips, we had a feeling a fisticuffs was brewing over the definition of what constitutes a processor core.

Now the FX has arrived and the gloves are off.

It all comes down to the radical new approach to simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) taken by AMD with the new Bulldozer architecture.

Intel's been doing SMT for a bit in the form of Hyper-Threading and fair to say Chipzilla's take can be called SMT lite.

It hasn't spent a lot of transistors in enabling each of its processors cores tow run two software threads in parallel. So a multi-threading performance boost of around 15 to 20 per cent is a pretty decent outcome.

AMD reckoned it could do better and verily cooked up the Bulldozer module. This little techno-beasty packs a pair of execution units. But much of what you'd normally consider a processor core is shared.

So has that Bulldozer module got enough power to give this six core processor a chance?

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreHexa-core (6 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyFX
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed3.30 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3+
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification70°C
Overclocking Speed3.90 GHz
L2 Cache6 MB
Product SeriesFX
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product ModelFX 6100
Product NameFX Processor
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberFD6100WMGUSBX
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