AMD FX 8320e 8 core CPU Review

Setup, Overclocking and Power Consumption

AMD FX 8320e Review

Test Setup

 

CPUAMD FX 8320e
MotherboardMSI 970 GAMING Motherboard
Memory

AMD Radeon Memory @ 2133MHz

GraphicsClub3D Radeon R7 250
CoolingCorsair H80i
Power SupplyCorsair HX850
CaseCorsair 300R 
Storage2x Corsair 60GB LS Solid State Drives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSI 970 GAMING motherboard 

For our testing we used the MSI AM3+ 970 Gaming motherboard, which aside from being one of the newest AM3+ motherboards on the market it comes with a tonne of great features for it's very reasonable price of £71. This board is also a very nice looking board aesthetically, who says a cheaper motherboards have to sacrifice on the aesthetic side? 

 

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Overclocking 

Overclocking on the FX 8320 was an easy task, with a simple voltage bump of +.02v (or 1.408v total) I was able to achieve 4.5GHz right off the bat, but with this being OC3D, we needed to try to go higher. On the Corsair H80i we were able to get this CPU to 4.6GHz at +0.26v (or 1.464v in CPUz). 

Memory wise the 8320e was able to handle memory speeds of 2133MHz with ease, with the only reason why we are not able to go higher is an AMD fixed maximum memory speed limitation. 

 

AMD FX 8320e Review

 

Power Consumption

Power consumption is the place where the FX 8320e was designed to shine, after all the E does stand for energy efficiency. Compared to AMD's older FX 8320 it consumes 44w less under our OCCT Linpack test, which is a difference of around 25%.

These differences are a significant difference, especially given that this CPU uses the same Piledriver CPU architecture as its older brother and delivers very similar performance. 

When we overclocked the CPU the power consumption increased significantly, which is unsurprising given gain it's significant gain in clock speeds and us essentially turning off AMD's CPU power saving features.  

 

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Most Recent Comments

21-01-2015, 06:09:35

WYP
I'll be honest, when I started this review I was not expecting much, but AMD have delivered a great product here.

The power draw results are very impressive, given that it is mostly changes in the microcode and the performance you get for the price is fantastic.Quote

21-01-2015, 07:12:06

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
I'll be honest, when I started this review I was not expecting much, but AMD have delivered a great product here.

The power draw results are very impressive, given that it is mostly changes in the microcode and the performance you get for the price is fantastic.
I think the price and what you get is key here, especially when you look at what you get from an i3 for the same price....Quote

21-01-2015, 07:22:47

ShaunB-91
I just wish AMD could hang with the big boys again, as soon as they do it I'll build an AMD rig. I'd love to but I'm not really on the market for budget components as good as this may be for the price. :\Quote

21-01-2015, 09:01:40

savage1987
Some new high-end gear from them would be nice need something sexy to slot into my PC-P50R. That case is a weird AMD anchor for me I should never have bought it!Quote

21-01-2015, 09:05:01

Tolemac
I already have the 8320 but the 8320E is quite impressiveQuote
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