AMD FX-8350 CPU: Piledriver Arrives

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The FX-8350 finished quicker than the FX-8150 in all of our tests by an average of 11%. As both chips have the same maximum Turbo Core speed of 4.2 GHz, the improvements in single-threaded applications suggests the updated cores might be inherently faster. We saw more variation in the power consumption numbers but the overall energy efficiency was similar.

While an 11% boost in speed is nothing to sneeze at, it's still not enough to be competitive with Intel's offerings, at least not across the board. In applications that don't use all eight cores, the FX chips were noticeably slower than its Sandy and Ivy Bridge counterparts. There's also a caveat regarding the multi-threaded programs they do excel at — poor power efficiency.

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