AMD FX-8350 Piledriver Processor - IPC and Overclocking

AMD's new Piledriver core technology should not be a surprise to any enthusiast as much of its "embargoed" information has already been exposed on the Net. Today we take the AMD FX series model 8350 desktop variant, code named Vishera, and look at it in an enthusiast way as we expose its IPC at 4GHz, and a bit of overclocking.

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Test Systems and Setup

As we mentioned on the previous page, all benchmarks shown in our review today are at 4GHz clock speed. The speeds shown on the table below are stock clocks and stock Turbo clocks for each part. Turbo core dynamic clocks are turned off and clocks are set to be held at 4GHz so that we can get a clock to clock look at how Vishera stacks up. Given that AMD has stuck with its AM3+ socket, we are able to use both Zambezi and Vishera parts on the same exact motherboard with the same exact clocks set. The motherboard used is the ASUS Crosshair V Formula Z. We have reviewed the previous non-Z model board here. Once we look at the numbers we will briefly discuss overclocking.

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You will notice that we have not opted to use the soon-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system. There are a couple of reasons for this. Given the feedback that we have seen from our readership, we are not sure that it will be widely adopted by hardware and gaming enthusiasts. Also we feel a bit more confident about using Windows 7 data due to the maturity of the operating system and drivers.