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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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We are happy to report that the new “Vishera” chips will continue to use AMD’s AM3+ socket which will be great for those looking to upgrade because you won’t have to run out and get a new motherboard. For those who were looking to upgrade to the new FX series chip, make sure your motherboard is running the new current 9 series chipset as this is what is recommended. We will go over this a little more as we touch on the chipset side of things.

Here we wanted to give you a quick snap shot of the underside on the chip.

Lets take a look here at the on-board die for the AMD FX-8350 chip with the improved piledriver cores.

While the Vishera relies on the AMD Piledriver architecture, which has improved performance for multi-thread handling, it shares the same die size as its previous series. It also uses the same 315mm square and has the same 1.2B transistors. The Piledriver is set to use its x86 cores with a new resonant clock mesh technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor, which allows the chip to cut power consumption by 10%, or boost clock-speed by 10% (compared to Bulldozer) without an increase of TDP.

The Vishera FX-8350 will have 8 cores & 8 threads with a base freq. of 4.0GHz (Turbo Core will boost to 4.2GHz), and maintains the 1024 (KB/Core) in L2 Cache and L3 Cache totaling in 8MB. All of the FX-8350 chips will also feature an unlocked core like the rest of its FX series line up.

Here we will take a look at what AMD has done to improve on the Piledriver architecture. As you can see, they have improved on the branch predictions, scheduling of the FPU and INT along with the faster instruction set to name a few. The overall improvement will help with performance and as we mentioned AMD has reported a 15% increase in performance over its previous line up “Bulldozer.” As we move further along we will take a look at some benchmarks to see if the improvements AMD reported stand true.

Now let’s move on and take a look at the 9 series chipset.


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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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