AMD Piledriver FX-8350 Review

Editor: Brendan van Varik  Date: 29-10-12   2 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Features & Specifications

Tech/Package
32nm / AM3+

TDP Configs
95W, 125W

Processor Core
“Piledriver” (up to 8 Cores), 8MB L2 cache, 256-bit FPUs, 8MB L3 cache

Memory
DDR3, 1333-1866, 1.5V

Graphics Core
N/A – Pair with AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series Graphics

Performance Management
Core Level: CC6 Power State
Module Level: L2 Cache power gating via CC6

The Motherboard(s): 990FX + SB950

Tech/Package
65nm / FC BGA

TDP Configs
10W for typical configurations

ALink III
x4 Gen2

SATA
6 Ports, 6Gbps

USB
12 USB 2.0 Ports, 2 USB 1.1 Internal Ports

PCIe 2.0 Lanes
2x16 or 4x8 + 8x1 + 4x1 + (2x1 on SB)

RAID
0, 1, 5, 10

Software
Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Linux


The current generation of Bulldozer CPUs are being replaced with four models at release. There may be more models released in the future with revised steppings but for now, we will have these on the shelves:



There will be no new chipset released along with Piledriver as the current generation of 990FX motherboards support the technology. After all, it is just a revised Bulldozer architecture with improved performance. Lets take a look at the basics of the design anyway, just to refresh our memory:



In the chart below, AMD have demonstrated where they feel their competition against Intel lies with their pricing schemes. Unfortunately for them, it appears that their top of the line product will be compared to a mid-ranged Intel product and Intel still have the i7 3770K card to play but AMD have not responded to this.



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