Wait! Where’s the Zen chips already? Just keep being patient a little longer because the new architecture is coming soon enough. On top of that, Zen isn’t going to replace every budget range when it first releases. Unless AMD has a surprise up their sleeves, we can only expect Zen to target the high-end at first. In the mean time, Piledriver chips will still be filling the other budget slots until the rest of Zen arrives. Today, we’re going to take a look at the FX-6350 and see how it does.
Some of you may be thinking that the 6350 has been beaten to death in reviews and that would be pretty close to accurate. However, we do have the new Wraith Cooler bundled with this chip so that will give us a little bit of a new angle to look at. The other thing we want to do differently is abandon the stock clocks. This is Pure Overclock! Who needs stock clocks anymore? Seriously though, the FX-6350 has been around long enough that we have a great idea of how it performs, even overclocked. This will be more of a review in seeing how well the Wraith Cooler does in comparison to some other slightly heftier coolers. We’ll get into those details in a bit so sit back and enjoy a quick word about the philosophy driving AMD.
At AMD, we live our core values through our actions. This helps drive our business. Being a socially and environmentally responsible business is an important part of AMD’s culture – The AMD Way. We believe that our employees are motivated to work hard and innovate when they see their jobs as their cause, and we offer ample opportunity for them to make a meaningful difference through the everyday work that they do.
The AMD Way is about Commitment and Ownership, Customer Focus, and Innovation and Leadership. We support those core beliefs through:
Achievement: We plan and play to win in all we do, every time. Every day matters.
Accountability: We build trust by honoring our commitments.
Alignment: We work as one AMD to debate, decide, embrace and execute.
Agility: We continuously learn and improve in all aspects of our business.
When we look at our accomplishments, we look through the filter of our company culture, asking if we got there the right way—The AMD Way.
Are you up for the challenge?
Our employees thrive on challenge and aren’t afraid to test limits. Together, they drive the innovations that break the barriers of technology.
First chip to break the 1 GHZ Barrier (2000)
First x86 dual-core processor (2004)
First Accelerated Processing Unit (2010)
Our employees energize the industry, helping our customers win and building learning for a lifetime.
World’s highest performing processors for 1-8P x86 servers and workstations (2005)
The World’s First Fully DirectX ® 11-Capable Graphics Card (2009)
World record-breaking CPU (2011)
Change the World
Our employees make a world of difference, leading sustainable global communities, inspiring customer trust with innovative products and building a company to last.
Climate Innovation Index Leader (Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index (CII))
100 Best Corporate Citizens List 2010 (Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine)
Top 500 Green Companies in the United States (Newsweek Magazine)
Also, feel free to check out the video review below. It’s the same results as the rest of the review, but it might be a bit funner than the written piece. Plus you can meet Bucky!
Needless to say I love computer hardware. With my reviews, I never forget what it's like trying to find parts on a tight budget and how excited I am about any new component I get my hands on. If there was a good effort in the design, then I'll find a reason why each component is great for someone!