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Basically here is the deal. I have an FX-8150 and 670 4gb SC's in SLI. The 8150 was bottle necking the hell out of the 670's. So im running it @4.7ghz now. That definitely helped narrow the gap But i can still tell its constricting a little bit.

Not to mention the heat and energy output is ridiculous even on my water cooler. So here is my question(s).

How much better is piledriver?

How much better is it when it come to single core rendering/ gaming performance?

Are the 2 extra cores really worth the 60 dollars from a 6350vs 8350?

With a similar clock(maybe taken down a bit) would the cpu be sufficient to feed the 670's?

At this point there are 2 options. Try piledriver if its good enough to hold over then get steamroller. Or switch to INTEL and get a haswell.

Im not particularly bias to either company But buying a new mobo/reformatting just doesnt sound very appealing.

All input/opinions are appreciated. Thanks
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You'll gain about 15 percent at the same clock rate compared to Bulldozer. The improvement in performance is pretty much across the board and about the same in any use scenario. To be honest, in real-world use, it seems like a lot more than that. Bulldozer is just a slug unless you get it over 4 GHz.

The two extra cores probably aren't worth moving up from 6350 to 8350, but the fact that an 8350 is not a binned CPU and is made from better silicon certainly is, if you plan on overclocking, and I'm sure you do since you've done so with the Bulldozer.

Flip the 8150 and you should be able to move up to an 8350 for less than $100. If the 8150 was only holding you back a little at 4.7, then the 8350 should more than take care of the problem.
     
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You'll gain about 15 percent at the same clock rate compared to Bulldozer. The improvement in performance is pretty much across the board and about the same in any use scenario. To be honest, in real-world use, it seems like a lot more than that. Bulldozer is just a slug unless you get it over 4 GHz.

The two extra cores probably aren't worth moving up from 6350 to 8350, but the fact that an 8350 is not a binned CPU and is made from better silicon certainly is, if you plan on overclocking, and I'm sure you do since you've done so with the Bulldozer.

Flip the 8150 and you should be able to move up to an 8350 for less than $100. If the 8150 was only holding you back a little at 4.7, then the 8350 should more than take care of the problem.

Thats what i figured. And yes i do plan to overclock. Which brings me to my next question. Is that fancy high dollar thermal paste worth it?
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How much better is piledriver?

How much better is it when it come to single core rendering/ gaming performance?

Are the 2 extra cores really worth the 60 dollars from a 6350vs 8350?

With a similar clock(maybe taken down a bit) would the cpu be sufficient to feed the 670's?

At this point there are 2 options. Try piledriver if its good enough to hold over then get steamroller. Or switch to INTEL and get a haswell.

1) 20% better than Bulldozer.
2) 20-25% better than Bulldozer.
3) Not a chance.
4) Steamroller probably another 20-25% better than Piledriver or 45-50% better than Bulldozer. By the time Steamroller hits the market, Intel probably have 50-100% better CPUs than Ivy-Bridge and they're Broadwell; Haswell sucessor. That's why I recommended you to switch to Intel. Go get i5-3570K (Ivy-Bridge) than i5-4670K (Haswell) because Haswell's CPUs and Haswell's new motherboard is gonna be more expensive. Apart from that, the performance between i5-3570K and i5-4670K is very minimal.
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1) 20% better than Bulldozer.
2) 20-25% better than Bulldozer.
3) Not a chance.
4) Steamroller probably another 20-25% better than Piledriver or 45-50% better than Bulldozer. By the time Steamroller hits the market, Intel probably have 50-100% better CPUs than Ivy-Bridge and they're Broadwell; Haswell sucessor. That's why I recommended you to switch to Intel. Go get i5-3570K (Ivy-Bridge) than i5-4670K (Haswell) because Haswell's CPUs and Haswell's new motherboard is gonna be more expensive. Apart from that, the performance between i5-3570K and i5-4670K is very minimal.

I might end up going Intel when i decide to set up a new raid and SSD and all that. But for now im in tech school on Keesler AFB and im not looking into starting a massive pc project here i neither have the time or resources at the moment. I guess time will tell.
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Just wait for Steamroller.

Haswell is not any better than Ivy really, so it's not like you're going to be OMG HASWELLZ...
   
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Just ordered the 8350. Hopefully all goes well.
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Honestly the 8350 isnt that far behind the 3770k in alot of things and with next gen consoles out and games going to be very threaded, the 8350 is a respectable and fine processor, It will treat you well.
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Honestly the 8350 isnt that far behind the 3770k in alot of things and with next gen consoles out and games going to be very threaded, the 8350 is a respectable and fine processor, It will treat you well.
Exactly. Only rabid intel people likes to claim OMG HASWELLZ WILL EAT STEAMROLLER FOR LUNCH
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