AMD FX-8350, -8320, -6300 'Vishera' review: finally good enough?

Can the new Piledriver cores provide the AMD FX processors with a much-needed boost?


Benchmarks (CPU): Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2

We tested three actual games, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2, Dirt 3 and Crysis 2. We ran these game benchmarks in two ways. First we used the lowest possible settings, 800x600 on Low, to make sure that the video card isn't a bottleneck and that the actual CPU performance gets through. Then we ran the benchmarks on settings used more typically by gamers, 1920x1080 on High. This tells us whether a faster processor has any added benefit for games running in high resolution.

In 800x600 the new 8-core CPUs are faster than their predecessors, and their performance falls between the Core i3 and Core i5. The 6-core FX-6300 scores similar and somewhat better than the Core i3s. In 1920x1080 resolution the GPU is the bottleneck, and the type of CPU doesn't matter as much.

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