AMD FX8150 CPU Review

What's New?

AMD FX8150 CPU Review

What's New

The big revolution in the layout of the Bulldozer processor is the way in which the cores are laid out. Whereas with the current LGA1155 Intel CPUs, and the current AMD Phenom CPUs, we have the cores across the top and the cache beneath, here the cores are split up into modules of two cores each. Each of those modules then has 2MB of L2 cache to call upon all to itself.

AMD FX8150 CPU Review  

One thing that has been hammered home in the AMD documentation and conference calls is how the Bulldozer range, and specifically the FX8150 we have on test today, is aimed directly at the Core i5-2500K. Considering that we currently rate the 2500K as the best all-round processor on the market, it's a serious statement of intent from AMD.

Even a cursory glance at the table below shows how, in pure number terms, the FX8150 has the beating of the Sandybridge range. Larger cache, more cores, higher native memory speed support, faster turbo and extra instruction sets. If performance can be judged solely on paper, then this should be a demolition.

AMD FX8150 CPU Review  

One slightly curious decision is the one to compare the system price of the FX8150 against the mental i7-980X. We know that the 980X is staggeringly pricey, but equally in terms of gaming performance the humble i5-2405S wasn't put in the shade. However, this is why we review things to see where the truth is amongst the hyperbole.

AMD FX8150 CPU Review

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Most Recent Comments

12-10-2011, 06:43:06

I fear that waiting is not rewarded.Disappointing. Quote

12-10-2011, 06:51:32


EDIT: Wow... i didn't expect it to suck this muchQuote

12-10-2011, 07:00:12

I was secretly hoping AMD could pull it out and get one over intel. Shame. This is like watching the pentium 4 all over again. On paper faster, but in reality slower and much hotter running. Oh well, Sandy Bridge E for me Quote

12-10-2011, 07:24:49

I didn't think it would be good, considering the 125W TDP instead of 140W and the low asking price of $250. SB-E all the way. I'm glad I didn't invest much into an AM3+ board (I got an AM3 board). Hopefully, we'll see some competition between the 8150 and the i5-2500K, price wise (may go 1155, IDK).Quote

12-10-2011, 07:37:40

Fail :/Quote

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