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AMD FX-8370e Review

AMD FX-8370e Review

For a long time it seemed like AMD was going to completely focus on their APU range, leaving the high end FX CPUs as they were. There was a bit of a refresh in 2013 as they quietly added a couple of models to the top end of the product stack but not until last week was there significant movement. Today we get to take a look at one of AMDs new processors in our AMD FX-8370e review. (We’ll also throw in the FX-9590 as its just had a price cut, so well worth considering also.)

AMD FX-8370e Review- The CPU

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As we have noted many times before, one of the most customer focused approaches AMD have had in recent years is to stick with a socket for as long as possible and that trend continues with the latest FX CPUs. They share the same heatspreader and pin layout as the previous models and for most consumers it takes little more than a BIOS update to add support for the chip to a motherboard. Flash, turn off and it will drop into many existing AM3+ boards from all of the major manufacturers. (That said, those thinking about a 9590 need to check if their board supports the higher TDP, 8000 processors though, no problem).

Like the high end FX processors before it, our CPU for this AMD FX-8370e Review is a true 8-core processor. Looking at the key specifications the FX-8370e is a 32nm, 95w chip with 8MB of L2 and L3 cache. It has an advertised speed of 3.3GHz however like other high end processors it has the ability to tailor its speed depending on the current workload. This means we idle down lower when the processor is not in use and when under load this model is capable of hitting speeds of 4.3GHz. Thats 100MHz faster max speed than the previous 8350 CPU while using LESS power (95w vs 125w) thanks to work AMD have done to tune the newer processor.

So that’s the key points of the new CPU, more of the same but lower power. Let’s move on to the conclusion of this AMD FX-8370e Review (and then performance graphs)…


AMD FX-8370e Review – User Experience and Conclusion

As we noted above, one of the strengths of the AMD platform is its future proofing. In the case of the FX CPUs, many people who bought (as an example) the FX-8350 in 2012 will be able to upgrade to the 8370e or 9590 today after a simple BIOS flash. Of course there could be reasons to change motherboard too, like newer models supporting M.2 SSDs but on the whole we could take the route of enhanced performance (9590) or a small boost in performance with lower power use(8370e) without too much trouble at all.

The Vishera family of CPUs is now well established so should have no reliability or support issues and on the whole they are well priced with the 8370e being $199. AMD is keen to point consumers at building a balanced system too, so notes that the FX-9590 would pair nicely with a R9-290 and DDR3-2133 where as the 8370e is well suited for DD3-1866 along wiht the new R9-285 which we reviewed last week. Certainly our Battlefield 4 performance shows that the 8730e and 285 combo provide completely playable framerates at 1920×1080 with maximum detail in that game.

Elsewhere on the performance front it is still clear that Intel and their i7/i5 CPUs do have the edge in most CPU related areas. Media creation tasks being a good example. Other than USB 3.0 performance the system areas are a lot closer though with the likes of PCIe speed, SATA speed and so on being very close regardless of which platform we choose.

In summary, its nice to see AMD refresh their FX range and bring lower power use to the 8000 series processors. The performance we get is more than adequate for mainstream users and building a powerful system filled with AMD branded CPU, motherboard, GPU, memory and SSD is possible at a reasonable price.

AMD FX-8370e Review -Test System


AMD FX-8370e
AMD FX-9590
Intel Core i7-5960X
Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel Core i5-4460

Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5

ASRock 990FX

AMD Radeon R9-285
AMD Radeon 295X2

16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800
16GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666
Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (SATA Testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe testing)
Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD
Corsair Voyager GTX (USB 3.0)

Corsair AX1500i
Antec Kuhler 1250

Installed on a Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench

Intel Wireless AC 7260
Razer DeathAdder
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
ASUS 120Hz/3D Display

Windows 8.1 64-bit
AMD Drivers: 14.7 RC

Battlefield 4
SiSoft Sandra
Cinebench R15
Adobe Creative Cloud

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 8.1 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 (where appropriate). 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.

AMD FX-8370e Review – Performance Graphs

Cinebench R15
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Music Conversion (2CD lossless to MP3)
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Video Conversion 4K to 720p
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Video Conversion 4K to 720p +GPU Acceleration
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Memory Bandwidth DDR3 2133 (AMD) vs 2666 (Intel)
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SATA3 (Samsung 850 Pro)
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USB 3.0 (Corsair Voyager GTX)
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PCIe (Revodrive 350)
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M.2 SSD (Plextor M6e)
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Gaming AMD + AMD 285/290 X2
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Gaming R9-290 X2
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Power Use (Full System Load)
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Cinebench with CPU Overclock
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  1. I’m happy to see AMD releasing another of their FX chips. It seems like AMD motherboards have much longer lifespans (as far as compatibility with newly released hardware) than Intel. Way to go red!

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