AMD FX-8150 8-Core Bulldozer Processor

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AMD's high-end chipset for AM3+, 990FX, is not much of an upgrade over 890FX for AM3, updated slightly for higher speed memory support.

The Asus Crosshair V Formula is a high-end board with multiple PCI-E 16x slots and some heavy duty VRM cooling.

AM3+ has the same pin count as AM3, so the socket is not physically any different. The heatsink retention frame is essentially unchanged as well so any heatsink with AM3 compatibility will work.

The FX-8150.

Intel's flagship six-core i7-980X ships with a tower cooler but the FX-8150 ships with the same dual heatpipe cooler as most of AMD's older Phenom II X4/X6 chips. The FX-8150 will also be sold in a bundle with an Asetek water cooler similar to the Corsair Hydro H50.

For reference, the stock heatsink is 62 mm tall, weighs 360 grams, and sports a 70 mm fan. We didn't use it during testing for obvious reasons.

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