Testing for this release is going to be interesting, especially since we have not seen a significant refresh from AMD since the launch of the FX-6200 and FX-4170 parts. The top end for AMD has been the FX-8150, which was released a year ago. In the meantime we have seen Intel release their Ivy Bridge lineup, as well as the Ivy Bridge E series. When we consider the overall cost of the Ivy Bridge E platform, AMD certainly is not in the running against those particular products. In fact, it is a stretch to even compare the i7 3770K to anything AMD has, especially when considering that the 3770K retails for around $330 US. That $330 would purchase the FX-8350 and a pretty decent motherboard
The current top end for AMD is the FX-8350. Note that it is still called Zambezi here.
AMD sent us the FX-8350 and the FX-6300 for review. We are comparing it to the FX-8150, FX-6200, Phenom II X6 1100T, and the i7 3770K. I did not have the i5 3570K available for comparison, but this four core/four thread part does look to be very nearly the equal of the FX-8350. I do feel that it is quite interesting to see how the latest AMD flagship processor compares to the much more expensive Intel product. Something to keep in mind is since the 3570K does not enable Hyperthreading, it will be at a disadvantage when being used with heavily multi-threaded applications. Otherwise, Intel has a lock on being the overall x86 IPC leader.
Taking a look at the older FX-6200 note the name, as well as the processor revision and compare it to the product above.
The AMD processors used the Asus Crosshair V Formula with the latest BIOS. On the Intel side I used the Gigabyte G1-Sniper 3 motherboard.
AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
2 x 4GB GSkill DDR-3 1866 memory @ 220.127.116.11 latencies
1 TB WD Caviar Black SATA-6G drive
Lite-On BDR Drive
Corsair TX750W Power Supply
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition