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Sep 26, 2011

AMD FX-8150 Performance Revealed, On-Par with Intel's Core i7 980X

With a bit more than two weeks to go until AMD releases its first FX-Series processors based on the Bulldozer architecture, a Turkish Website has published the media presentation deck for these chips, revealing the performance of the upcoming AMD FX-8150 when compared with Intel's current CPUs.

The press deck made public by Donanim Haber pits AMD's most powerful desktop Bulldozer processor against the Intel Core i7-980X and Core i7-2600K in a wide selection of tests.

These range from gaming to video encoding and rendering using popular applications such as WinRAR, Handbrake or POV Ray, to name just a few.

Judging by the results from AMD's presentation slides, gaming seems to be the strong point of the FX-Series, as it manages to come about even with the Core i7-980X, even edging past it in some DirectX 11 titles like Metro 2033.

In the applications tests, the AMD Bulldozer-based CPU manages to come out on top of the Core i7-2600K is compared with in only three of the eight benchmarks run, but even when it loses it manages to keep up pretty well with Intel's CPU.

Furthermore, AMD is quick to point out that the FX-8150 also comes with support for the FMA4 instruction (an extension to the 128-bit SIMD instructions set to perform fused multiply–add operations), which provide it with a huge performance boost in applications that make use of it.

The FX-8150 is AMD's most powerful desktop processor based on the Bulldozer architecture as it packs eight computing cores with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a maximum Turbo frequency of 4.2GHz as well as 8MB of fast Level 3 cache memory.

When it is officially released by AMD, on October 12, the CPU will hit retail with an MSRP of $245 US, or about 178 Euros, placing it right between the $216 Intel Core i5 2500K and the $317 Core i7 2600K.


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