AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor


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AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor Review

AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor

This is my review of the AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor.

I'm more of a software specialist than hardware, but setting out for my next PC I had some basic requirements for the CPU. I wanted as many cores as I could get so I could develop and experiement with parallel programming techniques, and keep the price quite low. Originally I was looking at an AMD 6 core. Six cores would be plenty to experiment with multi-core processing, something which in the future, us developers may be required more and more to be capable of, as server hardware increases in CPU core numbers, rather than just getting faster, as they have been doing. I could have gone for Intel, there is plenty of debate on the internet about Intel been slightly better, although not all the tests show that regular Intel chips are faster than the AMD ones, and certainly not a debate I can waste much time in. The Intel chips were about £100 more for a similar i7 equivalent, and they only had 4 cores. During my research time, the AMD CPUs had dropped in price, and now the 8 core was about the same price as the 6 core, from when I'd first started investigating, so hey great, I'm going to get the fastest AMD CPU with 8 cores for the price I was going to get the 6 core.

AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor Stock Cooler and Box

AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor with Stock Coooler and Box

The AMD 8150 came with a stock cooler, which has a fan and some brass looking pipes to help cool it. Inside the Xigmatek Gigas which has 4 silent fans, the AMD CPU stock cooler fan seems to be making the most noise from my cube, even with the machine idling with near 0% CPU usage.

AMD FX 8150 8 Core CPU Performance

Navigation around Windows and Internet Explorer 9 seems quick, in fact IE9 seems just as quick as Chrome was on my last PC, so I can't imagine how quick Chrome will be. It's a new build, so I haven't had much chance to test the CPU performance, needless to say, in the next few weeks I'll be looking to do some overclocking (for the first time), and I'll report what happens.

So far, no overclocking, but the CPU has revved itself up to 3.9GHz, and I've briefly seen 4.2GHz before it calms down again. I believe this is either the CPU's in built turbo option (which someone told me about but haven't seen any specs for) or a feature of the ASUS motherboard, which currently seems more likely. Highest temperature so far was about 49'C. No serious usage put through it yet.

Core Temp 4.2GHz