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Hey all,

I currently have an i5 2500K, and I'm thinking of upgrading to an FX-8350. Benchmarks between the two are all varying, some say 8350 is better, some say not. Is it worth the buy? I'm getting an extra 4 cores (8 core vs 4 core), better overclockability, and a higher stock clock. Just wondering if anyone could give me some valid benchmarks between the two (non bias, there's always ones from AMD "fanboys" and intel "fanboys" which are a bit bias).

Yes, I know I'm going to need an AMD motherboard to make the switch smile.gif But I've been planning on getting a new motherboard regardless, so that's not really the issue. Just the CPU.
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not worth it.. pretty much a lateral move. please don't
    
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here are a few benches, there are alot out there.... the FX is supior in a few ways, A good upgrade
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One quick note:
I find it kind of funny how all the intel owner say no, and the FX user says yes. No bias biggrin.gif

But honestly, it depends on your budget. If it were me, I'd wait a year or so then upgrade. Right now you'd be upgrading from a Camaro to a Mustang. Wait and buy a Ferrari.

I wouldn't call it a lateral move, but I don't know if it'd be worth it.
    
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It's definitely not worth it, the 8350 is slightly better but no way near enough to justify an upgrade. Wait for Haswell, the 2500K is still one of the best processors out there thumb.gif
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For gaming it's a clear down grade. For other stuff, not as clear. But probably not worth spending. I like bit-tech's game benchmarks, because they actually focus on games where CPU matters (in most games it does not (see the above Metal of Honor Warfighter benchmark - functionally equivalent for all entries except the lowest level drual cores) and because bit-tech is just about the only professional reviewer that includes overclocked entries. And this is, after all, overclock.net.



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You can see from other benchmarks that the i5-2500k will be superior in games that demand high per-core performance.

SC2 is one of those games that heavily depends on per-core performance, and you can see a bit of a difference here. (Note these are all stock speeds.)



Look, I'm not saying the i5-2500k is a better processor overall. But it is a clearly superior GAMING processor. Why? Because games require faster per-core performance. And the i5-2500k is faster per core (higher instructions per clock make up for a slower base speed when not overclocked). Yes the fx-8350 has more cores. But almost no games can even use more than 4 cores. So the fx-8350 completely loses that advantage.
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here are a few benches, there are alot out there.... the FX is supior in a few ways, A good upgrade

These all made me giggle.

Don't do it.
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Not worth it upgrade, even though I wish I would of gotten one when I had my 970A-UD3 board. The difference in gaming and daily use wouldn't be spectacular. Processors have gotten to the point that performance has leveled off, you can see that with Intel's SB-E line. The 3770K is neck and neck with SB-E processors. The only thing that has kept on getting better are GPU's, my recommendation is save up and get a better GPU 8xxx, etc. But it does seem the recent trend with games are that they like more cores now.
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canada computers is selling the 8350 for $206.99... to be completely honest if you had the two setups next to each other with unmarked cases and stuff you wouldnt be able to pick them one from the other, go for the cheaper solution or hold off till you can make a MAJOR upgrade biggrin.gif
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He already owns an i5-2500k. It'd be a complete waste of money to switch platforms.
    
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