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AMD FX-8150 review

AMD's new Bulldozer processors appear at last. But are they any good?

Our Verdict

We can't help but feel disappointed with the lack of performance progress the FX-8150 represents. It's not a bad chip, but we wanted more.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Octa-core (8 Core)

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For

  • Great overclocking
  • Serious multi-threading chops for less than £200

Against

  • Only slightly faster at stock than 1100T
  • Struggles against 2500K
  • And is pricier

The first benchmark below is possibly one of the most telling.

Taking the eight-cores of multi-threading out of the picture you can see how the individual cores actually stack up. Running in single-threaded mode shows the FX-8150 cores actually running slower than the hexcore Phenom II it's replacing.

With the multi-threaded benchmarks though the FX-8150 starts to look more interesting. However the gaming benchmarks tell a worrying story.

When it's just relying on the GPU the story is much the same across the four CPUs we tested. DiRT 3 is shown here, but in Just Cause 2 and World in Conflict all four processors spat out roughly the same performance figures at the top resolutions.

Take the GPU out of the equation and the Sandy Bridge chips stretch out ahead.

Things aren't too pretty in terms of multi-GPU performance either.

In overclocking terms though the FX-8150 is a success. Stably running at over 4.7GHz is impressive and really pushes it ahead of the Core i5 2500K.

If the chip had been released at the 4GHz it can easily manage we might've been looking at a higher score...

Single-threaded performance

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

Multi-threaded performance

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

CPU gaming performance

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

High-end gaming performance

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

Multi-GPU performance

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

Overclocking performance

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

Platform power draw

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

AMD fx-8150 - benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreOcta-core (8 Core)
Thermal Design Power125 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 Specification61°C
Overclocking Speed3.90 GHz
L2 Cache8 MB
Product SeriesFX
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product ModelFX-8150
Product NameFX Processor
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberFD8150FRGUBOX
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