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AMD FX-8150 Black Edition 8-Core Processor vs Core i7-2600K Review


by Stuart Davidson - 12th October 2011
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AMD FX Processor (AMD FX-8150 Black Edition) Review vs Intel Core i7-2600K

Specification and Methodology


AMD FX-8150 Black Edition
ASRock 990FX Extreme4

Intel Core i7-2600K
ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Gen3

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Toxic Edition
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866
Corsair H100 Cooler (Noctua Paste)
Corsair AX1200 PSU
OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD (OS)
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD (SATA Testing)
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD (USB 3.0 Testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 (PCIe Testing)

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
Roccat Kone[+] Mouse
SteelSeries 7H Headset

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview 2
DirectX 11
Intel 9.2 Chipset
Intel SRT 10.6
Realtek 2.65 Audio

SiSoft Sandra

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Cinebench R11.5
PCMark 7
3DMark 11
Adobe Master Suite CS5.5
dBpoweramp
PowerDVD 11
Google Chrome
Flash Player 11
Fraps

Total War: Shogun 2
Deus Ex Human Revolution
F1 2011

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
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