In our final multi-tasking test we were surprised to find that the FX-8350 no faster than its predecessor, with the minor difference in the two chips scores down to per-run variance rather than any drop or rise in performance. This is obviously a little baffling, as the FX-8350’s higher frequencies and optimisations mean we should have seen an improvement here. Clearly then performance here is stymied elsewhere, either in the 990FX platform or the FX-8350’s cache structure, which remains unchanged from Bulldozer.
The overall result is pretty bad reading for AMD, with an overall tally of 1,660 points at stock and 1,914 points when overclocked. While this is at least faster than Intel’s Nehalem based i7-920 at stock, it’s a long way behind Intel’s Core i5-3570K , which score 2,248 points at stock and 2,851 points when overclocked. The only plus point we can really take is that the gap between AMD and Intel hasn’t grown; overall the FX-8150 was 26 per cent slower at stock than the i5-2500K, and the FX-8350 maintains this gap to the i5-3570K, despite it’s £50 comparative price cut.
In our Skyrim CPU benchmark, the FX-8350’s poor single-threaded CPU performance really shows through, as it gets comprehensively demolished by the competing Intel chips. A minimum frame rate of 50fps at stock and 61fps when overclocked, while improvements over the FX-8150, are both well below the 94fps stock minimum frame rate possible with an Intel Core i5-3570K, with overclocking driving that minimum frame rate up to 111fps.
In Shogun 2’s CPU test the gap isn’t as jarring, and the FX-8350’s minimum frame rate of 17fps at stock is close to its predecessor’s minimum frame rate of 18fps when overclocked to 4.8GHz. However, again the Core i5-3570K comes out the easy victor, with a minimum frame rate of 28fps at stock and up to 36fps when overclocked. Clearly for those interested in high-performance gaming, the FX-8350 is a sub-standard CPU.
While an improvement over the FX-8150, single-threaded performance such as that in the majority of PC games, was a real disappointment
3850 @ 4.8Ghz can't hang with a stock 2.5 year old 2500k (I don't want to even look at a graph where both CPU's are at 4.8Ghz