AMD 8350 & 7970 Gaming Rig Review

Introduction and System Specifications

All AMD Gaming Rig  

Introductions

When we looked at the AMD A8 Trinity CPU recently we started thinking how nice it was to have AMD back as a sensible choice for a system. As we've said many times we grew up on AMD chips here at OC3D, from the Thunderbirds to the Barton chips and onwards to the Phenom. 

As much as we love the amount of performance for a sensible price that Intel provide with their i5's, the reality is that as consumers it's important to have as much choice as possible. A strong AMD line-up forces both Intel and nVidia to raise their games and lower their prices.

So with that in mind we wondered if a system fully based around AMD components could provide a good gaming experience. The newer Catalyst drivers have unlocked a lot of performance in the 7 series Radeon cards, so can a combination of those and a well-overclocked FX CPU give us good value gaming?

System Specifications

We want to give the AMD system the best chance at shining, so with some RAID SSDs and the best of the HD7970s it should be enough to ensure that we see the finest possible performance. With a hefty overclock on the FX8350 and running at the popular 1920x1080 resolution this should give us a good indication of whether the AMD can make the grade.

AMD FX 8350 @ 4.6GHz
Club3D 7970 Royal Ace
8GB of 1600mhz Corsair Vengeance
2x 60GB Corsair Force 3 GT's Raid 0
Corsair AX750w PSU
Corsair H110 CPU Cooler
Corsair 550D Case

We're comparing it to our normal GPU test bench of an Intel Core i7-3960X at 4.6GHz. Motherboard apart the other specifications are identical.

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Most Recent Comments

09-05-2013, 13:50:15

Roooker
Nice one sir.
I am astonished how much of a difference there is on 3dMark11.
And even in some games like Far Cry 3 or Metro 2033 the amd 8350 bottlenecking the gpu quite a lot.Quote

09-05-2013, 13:51:14

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Roooker View Post
Nice one sir.
I am astonished how much of a difference there is on 3dMark11.
And even in some games like Far Cry 3 or Metro 2033 the amd 8350 bottlenecking the gpu quite a lot.

Bottle neck is a noob word mate wash your mouth out.


Its just titles where the CPU is required more......Quote

09-05-2013, 13:56:49

Roooker
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Bottle neck is a noob word mate wash your mouth out.


Its just titles where the CPU is required more......




I understood bottle neck as holding something back. So if the CPU slows down the frames, it is holding back the potential frames the GPU could throw out. Isn't it ?Quote

09-05-2013, 14:05:55

alienware
Good write up there Tom !

Were you using Windows 8 for this?Quote

09-05-2013, 14:22:32

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roooker View Post



I understood bottle neck as holding something back. So if the CPU slows down the frames, it is holding back the potential frames the GPU could throw out. Isn't it ?
Some games use the cpu more. doesnt mean its holding the GPU back. Its complicated dude but bottle neck isnt the word.


@ Alien no mate W7. It was worse on W8 with most benches so we went with what looks best and also what a great deal of people seem to be running still.Quote
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