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Combo Review: AMD “Vishera” FX-8350 & ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z ROG

Posted October 23, 2012 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards







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Release Date: AMD FX-8350 set for launch on October 23, 2012
Price at time of Review: AMD FX-8350 Price for MSRP of: $195.00 while the Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z can be found on newegg for $239.99


Great overclocking ability for both MB and Chip, Increased multi-threaded application performance for the Chip, Solid and robust features for the Motherboard, Great performance per value for both


Power Consumption & Heat threshold for the chip, no negatives for the MB
You can't go wrong with either of these products. AMD has stepped things up and created a great price-to-performance product. As usual, Asus did an amazing job with this new Motherboard. It's robust features and great performance make it a solid choice.
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Gaming Benchmark – Battlefield 3 & COD MW3

While most games are dependent on raw GPU power for its handling, it’s also important to point out that the new game engines of today will take advantage of Multi Core CPUs.

 Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is the spiritual sequel to the vaunted BF2 first person shooter, including large combat maps and a range of vehicles and infantry classes. BF3 features the powerful Frostbite 2 DirectX 11 engine which allows for enhanced destructible environments, advanced physics, and “realtime” radiosity. We crank up the image quality settings to Ultra, which can be very tough on graphics cards.

In BF3 we see here that the FX-8350 performed much better than the Intel chip. We saw a 35% improvement here and BF3 really took advantage of its piledriver architecture and proved that more cores sometimes does mean more performance.



Call of Duty: MW3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the latest installment in the legendary first person shooter franchise, taking you back to the action where its predecessor left off, fighting across the globe against terrorist plots. Though the engine is looking dated with only DX9 graphics, and it lacks the advanced features of its contemporaries, it does feature striking lighting and contrasts. It is also more accessible to a wider range of less powerful cards. We have the image quality settings set to maximum.

We ran COD in Campaign mode so the frame rates surely would be higher than multi-play. Here we see that AMD also performed better with 175 FPS. This was 17% better than Intel.

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    chris trak

    Thanx for your review and efforts…………looks like I need to buy this one…for sure.


    why did you not add the Passmark All CPU test of those CPUs ?


      If you take a closer look at our chart we have include the CPU benchmark, its below the overall score.


        Pros: All solid capsVery stiff PCB for a 4-layer design.Flawless Build Quality. (I’m not easy to imresps )Removable BIOS ROM chip (8-pin dip)Anti-surge function works well (oops!)SATA and Internal USB great placement.Well written/published manual.Unlocked my previously unlockable sempronEZFlash Bios updater allows browsing the HDD for rom files!!!Very,very strong VGA port. (found out hard way don’t ask)Good website, support, and drivers. Cons: BIOS Setup a little awkward . Liked 890gxm-g65 bios most out of the uATX boards I’ve had.The Express gate software only supports downloading to usb drives (all internal drives are read-only.)There is a VIA chip on my motherboard!!!!!(Sounds OK though. Drivers rate 5 of 10 with me)Tweaking software sucks. It works but looks like a beta version. Other Thoughts: Got this open box and it was only missing the cd. ASUS Refurbished tape sealed the box. Thanks for the $28 saved Newegg!Seriously, every component is placed and aligned PERFECTLY.Awesome job ASUStek.Oh, to clear up the pronunciation a little, named after PegASUS. Stop saying ASEUS!

      James Baranski (Drdeath)

      Everyone has their personal favorite benchmarks. It’s impossible to satisfy everyone. If we did every benchmark, the review would be too long.


    Were the BF3 and COD3 benchmarks run during a multiplayer gaming session or single player? The results would indicate they were run in multiplayer, right?



    overclocking in BIOS is to complicated for me and i tried using AMD ovevrdire but it doesnt work with my amd phenom 8600 x3 2.30ghz. so i guess ill just have to splash some cash one day on and intel i7 as i prefer intel to amd


    Dont compare amd fx vs i7, they both have different price, just compare it with i5 instead


    Thanks for the review…was leaning towards another chip but this is selling me man…I think I may try it out for my next rig…



    I also reviewed this motherboard and it’s really a kick ass motherboard for AMD FX-based system. A must have for AMD lovers.

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