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AMD FX-8350 review: is AMD back?
by Marc Prieur
Published on November 28, 2012

Crysis 2 v1.9

The 3D gaming part of this comparative begins with Crysis 2. We used the latest version 1.9 in DirectX 11 and measured the framerate obtained at 1920*1080 Ultra at a precise point in the game during a shoot-out.

In spite of moving over to a GeForce GTX 680, we continue to hit a wall of around 50 fps in our test scene. This shouldn't therefore be due to a GPU limitation, especially as during the Ivy Bridge test we saw gains linked to moving over to DDR3-2133.

The Piledriver architecture works miracles here and the FX-8350 is 24.4% faster than the FX-8150. The new AMD processor moves a long way ahead of what was the fastest AMD processor up until now, the Phenom II X4 980. This puts the FX-8350 more or less at the level of the i5 and i7 processors and a good way in front of the i3s.
Arma II: Operation Arrowhead

In Arma II: Operation Arrowhead we measured the framerate when crossing a village in the first solo mission, still at 1920*1080 and with all options pushed to a maximum, including visibility.

The gain between the FX-8150 and 8350 is less marked in Arma II, but still 13.9%. While this is enough to make the FX-8350 the fastest AMD processor, it can’t stand up to the Intel processors. It is at Core i3-3240 level, some way behind the i5s and i7s.

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