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AMD's FX-8350 is the latest desktop processor from AMD and the first eight-core CPU based on the company's "Piledriver" design. AMD is smarting after a weak global economy and strong demand for Intel products hit its profit margins and sales this past quarter, and the FX-8350 is meant to change that. The new AMD FX-8350 is a 4GHz CPU with a 4.2GHz Turbo clock. That's a bit more than 10% faster than AMD's previous top-end CPU, the AMD FX-8150 . The FX-8350 isn't just faster, it incorporates a number of design improvements to cut execution times in both single and multi-threaded environments. It's also priced to move. Unlike the FX-8150, which debuted 12 months ago at $279, AMD has priced the FX-8350 at just $190. This positions the new CPU against Intel's Core i5-3550 , a quad-core CPU sans Hyper-Threading at 3.3GHz, with a Turbo speed of 3.7GHz. Like the older AMD FX-8150, the FX-8350 is designed to share certain assets to reduce the CPU's size, manufacturing complexity, and production costs. While this has allowed AMD to pack more cores into the same space, it's also impacted the performance of each particular core.
When AMD was throwing around the specs of its first bulldozer chips we all sat up and took notice. After all, it was AMD's first new CPU technology redesign for an absolute age, and what it was planning on doing with the new bulldozer microarchitecture looked pretty darned revolutionary. Sadly for AMD though, its top chip could barely keep pace with the second tier of Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs. Then it released the 22nm Ivy Bridge die-shrink and things got even more miserable for the Texan chip company. But, as we've seen over the last few months, those AMD Bulldozer chips still have something to offer. Maybe not the top-end eight-core FX-8150, but the great value and overclocking capabilities of the six-core FX-6200 made it a tantalising prospect for anyone on a budget looking to put together a gaming rig. Value is core to this arrangement, and being able to put together a decent AMD CPU/mobo combo for less than a Core i5 setup means that you get a good chunk of cash to spend on your graphics card. In fact, it's the difference between being able to pick up a HD 7950 or a HD 7870. And we know which we'd rather have humming away in our machine.
Even before AMD officially released its Bulldozer-based FX-Series of desktop processors last year, the company was already talking about the follow-on microarchitecture codenamed \"Piledriver”. In fact, in the conclusion of our launch article featuring the AMD FX-8150, we posted an AMD-provided slide that showed Piledriver was already on-deck and that it would offer IPC and power improvements over existing architectures, which would result in roughly a 10% to 15% uplift in performance. We have already shown you what Piledriver could do in mainstream APUs in our coverage of the desktop AMD A10 and A8-Series of products here and the mobile A10-4600M here, but today AMD is finally refreshing its higher-end desktop CPU line-up, which hasn't seen a new product launch for just over a year. The updated AMD FX-Series of desktop processors featuring the Piledriver microarchitecture was codenamed \"Vishera” and we've had the flagship variant, the new FX-8350, in the lab for a couple of weeks now.
About this time last year, AMD's new Bulldozer-based FX series launched to bright-eyed system builders who expected the new architecture to challenge Intel's increasingly comfortable position in the upper-end processor market. Unfortunately, Bulldozer wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Its performance fell short of the then 9-month-old Sandy Bridge processors and in some cases, even failed to surpass the Phenom II range. Following Bulldozer's mediocre reception, AMD insisted that the new architecture was still young and would serve as a "solid building block" for the FX series. Although hotfixes such as one that addressed an SMT inefficiency have boosted Bulldozer's performance slightly, little has changed with AMD's FX series in the last year -- until now, anyway, with today marking the arrival of the company's second-generation FX offerings. AMD is refreshing its desktop processors with Piledriver, an enhanced version of Bulldozer that focuses on improving instructions per clock and frequency -- something we witnessed earlier this month when we tested the company's new Piledriver-powered Trinity APUs.
About this time last year AMD unveiled what was the highly anticipated and first significant CPU architecture change in over a decade. Big things were expected from this bold new architecture approach from AMD, if for no other reason than Bulldozer had seemingly been sitting in the oven for so long and the expectations by AMD itself was set very high with the PR campaign accompanying it. The result was a resounding thud as the first incarnation of the K15 architecture did not live up to the press slides promising things like 1.6x the performance of CPUs that had an 'i' in front of their titles. The release of the second generation codenamed "Vishera" has seemed to be much quieter than the first. This time around there will be only be four Vishera SKUs released: the FX-8350, FX-8320, FX-6300, and FX-4300. The part we are concerned with today is the new flagship of the Vishera lineup, the FX-8350 or "Piledriver" CPU. AMD had promised from the open volley of the new architecture that was Bulldozer, there will be a 10-15% performance increase with each of the four new generations.
Today, AMD has completed the transition of their entire line of CPUs/APUs to the Piledriver design with the release of the Vishera, the mainstream/performance FX series CPU. How much performance can we expect from Vishera over Bulldozer? Let's find out. AMD chose a rather interesting day to launch Vishera, the Piledriver-based desktop FX CPU, as Apple also has a press event today. We think the timing of the two tech events is purely a coincidence since AMD scheduled the release date long before Apple sent out its invitation. Unlike Apple, which is trying to steal some thunder away from the imminent lunch of Windows 8, AMD wants to ride along with the new OS release and hope that it can help to boost its CPU sales as people will be shopping for a new system/CPU to go with the new OS. Compared to Zambezi (Bulldozer FX CPU), Vishera is more like a refresh than a new launch. The Trinity APU that we reviewed a couple of weeks ago features a greater architectural change in both the CPU and the GPU. However, with Vishera we get a minor tweak of the CPU architecture (Piledriver) in conjunction with a higher clockspeed.
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