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AMD FX-8350 “Piledriver” Processor Review

Hot on the heels of our AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU Review, AMD announced the release of their next generation FX-series processors based on the new “Piledriver” cores today. Fortunately for us here at TechwareLabs, AMD sent us a shiny new FX-8350 to put through its paces and share our thoughts. AMD FX-8350 Review

For those of you not aware, the new “Piledriver” based processors are the next evolution of the FX-series from the previous “Bulldozer” based processors. Unfortunately, the “Bulldozer” release was met with quite a bit of constructive criticism, as the hype and pre-release detail left a lot of folks underwhelmed. So, the immediate upside for AMD this go around is many people will be going into this release with more realistic expectations. However, the obvious questions still loom, are the “Piledriver” based processors worth a look and more importantly your money? Let’s dive in and find out.

Here is the new “Piledriver” FX-Series processor family:

AMD FX-8350 Review

The new “Piledriver” FX family isn’t as comprehensive as the previous generation from a selection standpoint, but appears to cover all the bases with 4, 6, and 8 core variants…all of which with relatively high clock rates. As with all FX processors, these are unlocked, so it will be interesting to see how much headroom is available for overclocking.

With this release AMD’s goal is quite simple, deliver a 15-20% improvement across the board over the previous generation and provide a cost attractive solution for multi-threaded environments and 1080p gaming, with a dash of overclocking capabilities to attract the enthusiast in all of us.  Well, with the FX-8350 specifically, the 8-core processor with a base clock of 4Ghz, sure seems to fit the bill on paper. Before we get into the testing, let’s take a closer look at what’s under the hood.

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