To wrap things up, today you have seen how AMD’s new FX-8350 code named “Vishera” has performed. With their new and improved Piledriver Architecture, we have seen some solid improvements in multi-threaded applications. It is also nice to see that AMD has decided to stick to its AM3+ socket. This is great news for those looking to make the upgrade, as this will help save on the cost of a new motherboard.
When we compared the FX-8350 to its rival, the Intel i5 3570k, we did see quite an improvement over its previous “Bulldozer” architecture in both performance and overclocking. Although AMD didn’t win in every category, they did win in quite a few of them. While the Intel i5 3570k still had a slight edge over the FX-8350 in some of the benchmarks, we feel that AMD has taken a step in the right direction with its instruction set. With “Piledriver” they are on track to bring something that is comparable to Intel’s line up. The overclockability of the FX-8350 was easy, and with the correct set-up you can have a beast of a system without having to spend a ton of money. While we are on the subject of cost…
We see AMD has plans to launch the new FX-8350 for $195, which is $35 cheaper then the Intel i5 3570k. AMD really has stepped up the bar when it comes to their performance per value moto that they are known for. AMD also has plans to release other models of the new “Piledriver” FX series processors such as the FX-8320 (8 core chip) for $169, FX-6300 (6 core chip) for $132, and the FX-4300 (4 core chip) for $122. With cost-per-performance in mind we think AMD may be on to something great here.
While AMD has moved up the performance ladder here and improved its architecture and its instruction set, one item to note is that they have yet to release a new chipset. AMD is still using its 9 series chipset, which we feel is a little outdated. During this time, Intel has taken a leap in this area, allowing them to expand their capabilities and advance a little further ahead in regards to chipset performance. We are not saying that the 990FX chipset isn’t capable; however, some improvements in this channel may help bring additional performance to the table, and help AMD become even more competitive with Intel.
Since we are on the subject of chipsets, it was nice to see that Asus had also made some improvements to its Crosshair V Formula-Z for its 990FX chipset. Our impressions of ASUS motherboards are always great, and it always nice to see that Asus keeps that consistency going. The Formula-Z motherboard made overclocking the FX-8350 very easy. The new Digi+II improvements on its board really made power stability easy to understand and setup. The on the fly adjustments in ASUS’ AI Suite software really came together nicely. ASUS never ceases to impress us with its products and it’s no different here with the Crosshair V Formula-Z, which easily earns our Editor’s Choice award. The ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z can be found on Newegg for $239.99 which is a great value for a top product.
To conclude today’s topic, we feel that AMD is really starting to take a step in the right direction with its new architecture, and we hope to see AMD continue this trend. With today’s weakened economy, it’s nice to see a great performance per value product available, and because of that we gladly award the AMD FX-8350 “Vishera” our Editor’s Choice award. AMD prices this chip fairly, and the performance margins are greatly improved over the previous Bulldozer release.
AMD FX-8350 “Vishera” & ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z