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AMD Bulldozer / FX-8150 Gameplay Performance Review

Today we will take a look at how the AMD FX-8150 stacks up in real gameplay versus an Intel Core i7 2500K and 2600K, at default settings and overclocked. Will any of these CPUs provide a better gameplay over the other in some current DX11 games? We show you Battlefield 3, F1 2011, and Civilization V.

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Battlefield 3 Open Beta Multiplayer

We used the latest build of Battlefield 3 Beta to play in multiplayer. Please note that BF3 does not contain all the features the full version will include, this means the driver multithreading might not be enabled yet. To test BF3 we found it rather difficult to get consistent runs, but we did our best to test in the same conditions each time, and perform the same actions and same path, in the same areas as best we could. We played on a 32 player server, and the server was loaded full with 32 players (including us), each time we played. We also made sure to pick a low ping server, and the ping time was around the same, in the lower 30's, every time we played. We used Rush gameplay type and Operation Metro map.

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In order to keep the game from being GPU limited we set back the resolution and settings. We ran this game at 1920x1200 with NO AA, and 16X AF with "Ultra" settings. Note that all AA was off, including deferred MSAA and Post AA. Our average framerates were at an acceptable level of gameplay performance for competitive BF3 gamers with these settings.

CPU's @ Stock Settings

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Keep in mind also that these data sets represent a live server with real players so not every performance run-through is the same, but these fully represent true BF3 gameplay.

In this first graph, we are comparing the AMD-FX8150 to an Intel Core i7 2600K and 2500K at stock, default settings. There were only very small differences in performance, with the Intel Core i7 2500K delivering the lowest performance, but only by a slim margin. Technically speaking, the Intel Core i7 2600K was 3.8% faster than the AMD FX-8150. However, with differences this small it was not detectable in actual gameplay, and meant nothing to the gaming performance we experience on any of these three CPUs.

CPU's @ Overclocked Speeds

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Interestingly, when we overclocked the CPUs there was a slight shift with the AMD FX-8150 coming out technically faster. The difference in this case was 5.5%, which again wasn't anything we could actually feel or detect while we were playing the game. When it comes down to it, for the Open Beta, all three CPUs performed similarly, and we couldn't tell any difference between them in this game. If you put all three systems side-by-side, you would not be able to tell the difference.