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Gaming with Bulldozer processors always seems to stir up quite a bit of debate when it comes to discussing performance. Often times I have found that this results in discussions being massive heaps of opinion and emotion, rather than consisting of any actual real-world data. This has happened so frequently that it seems many are now passing this emotion and opinion off as fact. This has created much confusion to those actually seeking legitimate information about these processors, to say the least. Due to such confusion, I decided to buy one of these processors and get some first-hand experience with it, overclock it, and record some gaming performance data. My goal is not to say X processors is better or worse than Y processor. But rather, the goal here is to hopefully provide some useful information to those curious about how these processors perform in games, and what to realistically expect from them.


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CPU: AMD FX 8120 - 4823Mhz
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
MEMORY: 16GB - Corsair Vengeance PC3 12800 - 1692Mhz
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 680 - Boosting to 1202Mhz
HDD/SDD: Crucial 128GB M4 SSD and Seagate Barracude 1TB 7200RPM HDD.
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COOLING: Custom Loop - EK Supreme HF CPU Block, Koolance VID-NX680 GPU Block, Swiftech MCP655 Pump, Danger Den Monsoon D5 Bay Reservoir, XSPC RX480 Rad, and 4 Scythe GT AP-15s in Push.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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(Test system pictured, minus the second GTX 680, as it is off to MSI RMA)

Performance Data:

Battlefield 3 - SP Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
407

Battlefield 3 - MP Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
420

Crysis2 - SP Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
407

Moderm Warfare 3 - SP Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
407

Modern Warfare 3 - MP (note that multiplayer has a required 90 fps cap) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Skyrim Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
407

World of Warcraft - Cataclysm Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
407

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Risen 2 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
407

Dirt 3 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
405

Metro 2033 - Max, DX11 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
407

Metro2033 - High, DX10 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
406

Last updated 6/11/2012 @ 7 PM: More data to come.
Edited by svthomas - 6/11/12 at 6:32pm
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As expected. You can play video games.
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Great work Tomas. You are really doing this community a service. SLI coming soon?

I noticed on MW3, that GPU usage is at 50% most of the time. I've never played that game and are curious as to whether or not that is normal.
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Great work Tomas. You are really doing this community a service. SLI coming soon?
I noticed on MW3, that GPU usage is at 50% most of the time. I've never played that game and are curious as to whether or not that is normal.
Cannot test SLI until the other 680 gets back from RMA. I unfortunately had one go south on me before I could do the testing. Hopefully MSI gets out a replacement fairly quick.

Yeah, honestly I expected mw3 to not really stress a 680 all that much, as mw3 is essentially mw2 with new maps/skins... In this case, that means the limiting factor _should_ be something else, this could be a fps cap or vsync (which isn't the case, here) or other hardware in the system, such as a CPU, etc., as they/it will need to work harder to keep up with the under-stressed GPU.
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I've been really wanting to see an 8120 Shogun 2 benchmark if you have the game, ever since I looked at the Shogun 2 benchmark on this page:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/05/01/intel-core-i5-3570k-cpu-review/6

It was noticeable how much ivy bridge blew away sandy bridge there, presumably because of the updated instruction set. Now Bulldozer made a big deal of a supposedly modern & ready for the future instruction set, so it would be interesting to see how it did specifically in Shogun 2. If it has the same instruction benefits, it should at least out pace the phenoms significantly. But Bulldozer had some sort of bug that didn't play well with Shogun 2, so it hasn't been benchmarked. The fix has been out for some time, but bit tech lied about getting around to running a Bulldozer Shogun 2 bench later, and I've wanted to see how Bulldozer runs, particularly since Shogun 2 benches so well on AMD graphics cards (creative assembly had some sort of co-operation with AMD during development). Long story short, it's really the only Bulldozer bench I want to see, particularly if you can come close to the settings the bit tech guys used. Particularly using the CPU benchmark test rather than the more common GPU test.

Edit: The Bulldozer bug is fixed through a bios update of some sort. Apparently it also affects a few other games as well.
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Subbed. I'm doing the same thing with an FX-6100 and HD5870 in my 6100 OC'ing thread. Where did you get the mods for Skyrim? It really is a horribly coded game. Why would you offload shadow detail to the CPU and yet only really fully utilize 1 core for the game?? Bad port of a console game IMHO. What area of WOW did you use to bench it?

It's really amazing at the amount of bad information out there in the threads with common sense and reality playing no part at all. When you're looking at 2 CPU's and one is posting minimum 90 FPS in XYZ game and the other is posting minimum 70 FPS, it's not which CPU is better at gaming and which "sucks", it's which one is more overkill than the other (99% of people out there gaming are using 60Hz monitors).

Edit - Which program did you use to log and graph CPU & GPU usage? I've been looking for one like that with no success.
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Great work Tomas. You are really doing this community a service. SLI coming soon?
I noticed on MW3, that GPU usage is at 50% most of the time. I've never played that game and are curious as to whether or not that is normal.
It depend , I used to have the fx 8120 at 4.8ghz with the sli gtx 680 , if I play the game everything max out with vsync on only I used around 45-70% of the card , but if I turn off the vsync both of my cards used to hit 93% + all the time
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