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So for whatever reason retailers where I live are telling me they have no idea when the first batch of 8150s are arriving. The general consensus is "soon but we haven't been given an updated ETA for a while". 8120s are in stock everywhere which has made me start looking into them.

I've spent hours googling and combing hardware sites and the only thing I have found conclusively is that ALL FX chips are identical physically, but have modules disabled (in the case of the 4*** and 6*** series) and are clocked differently. The only possible difference then between the two 8 core chips is they could be binned differently (if AMD chose to bin aggressively).

I've been looking up OCs for both chips and it would seem both the 8120 and 8150 are capable of similar OCs and similar (I think?) voltages. Are 8150s just factory overclocked 8120s or is there an actual difference in OC performance? It seems no hardware sites have actually had a good look at both of them side by side.

Appreciate any info you guys have!
Edited by Sniffyy - 11/7/11 at 1:05am
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It'll be like the 1090T and 1100T. Same chips pretty much that can out OVERCLOCK the other. Depends on the chip. There is no binning done at all.

Same goes for my 990x chip. There are plenty of 980xs' that out overclock my with lesser voltage.

Go for the FX8120.
    
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The 8120 and 8150 are basicly the same except for clock speed.
Dont think anyone knows for a fact if the 8150 is an special picked bulldozer chip that can handle higher clock speeds better then a 8120.

Seems like they are the same and overclocks are more or less the same to.
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Thanks guys. Makes me wonder why 8150s are so scarce. Is AMD trying to build some mystique around them or something? Oh well I just saved some money.
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This just might be due to larger sample sizing, but there are more (and higher) 8150's over 8ghz than 8120's. I would say it is hard to tell at this point. It might be like the 955 vs 965, where the 955's clock better. Then again, it all depends on what type of cooling you are doing (which you haven't said). If you are doing anything besides DICE/LN2/SS/Cascade, then it probably doesn't matter.
    
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Why would you buy a failed chip when Sandy bridge E is just days away from being launched?

Quad memory controller on the die with the new x79 chipset will put amd back another 3 years in R&D.
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Thanks guys. Makes me wonder why 8150s are so scarce. Is AMD trying to build some mystique around them or something? Oh well I just saved some money.
I would think its due to the manufacturing process in that the are having trouble producing silicon that can make an 8150 due to clock speeds or maybe they have all gone to OEM's on back order

Who knows but I would just grab an 8120 and if there is any difference I bet it only shows sub zero
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This just might be due to larger sample sizing, but there are more (and higher) 8150's over 8ghz than 8120's. I would say it is hard to tell at this point. It might be like the 955 vs 965, where the 955's clock better. Then again, it all depends on what type of cooling you are doing (which you haven't said). If you are doing anything besides DICE/LN2/SS/Cascade, then it probably doesn't matter.
Will be using a Corsair H60. Am going to try for 4.6-4.7GHz.
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Why would you buy a failed chip when Sandy bridge E is just days away from being launched?

Quad memory controller on the die with the new x79 chipset will put amd back another 3 years in R&D.
I'm a college student who works 16 hours a week with pretty good pay (my employer is a good one to work for). Income is 100% disposable

I do have a 1155 system (what I'm typing this on), I just want to mess around with Bulldozer. I sold my old AMD parts for pretty good prices so I'm not really that out of pocket anyway.
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Will be using a Corsair H60. Am going to try for 4.6-4.7GHz.
I highly doubt you will see a difference is OCing at that level. But hell, if you got disposable income, then you should looking extreme cooling
    
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