Lets set the record straight: What's the difference between these two charts?
The first chart was done on an empty server for the sake of consistency. How do I know this? Because there is almost no difference between the average framerate and the minimum. That would tell me that there is no action at all.
This is a sound way of measuring performance because it can be duplicated. However, it is also flawed because it does not represent real-world usage in BF4. This is very similar to situation where reviewers used single-player BF3 as a means to show the BF3 was not a "CPU bound" game. We all know that in BF3 multiplayer, the CPU can make or break a system, so this is not true. In other words, that first chart needs to be thrown out. It is fundamentally flawed.
The second chart has a much wider range in framerates, so I would hazard a guess that this is more representative of a full server and actual gameplay. In that instance, we see the 8350 actually matching the i7 2600K in performance. This is more believable considering that the 2600k is 4 physical cores with 8 threads, while the FX-8350 is 4 modules/8 integer cores with 8 total threads.
Since I have a system with an i5 3570k and one with an FX-8320, I can also confirm that the FX-8320 does provide smoother gameplay and a higher framerate in BF4. For example, if I look at the ground on the i5-3570k, the computer kicks out about 85 FPS. If I do the same thing on the FX-8320, I get about 105 FPS. I can also duplicate this in lower settings on a lower resolution as well.
In every other game (BF3 included) it is the opposite with the i5 3570k being the superior chip.
I don't understand what you guys don't get on this. The FX-8320/8350 are the chips to beat for BF4, especially considering that I paid $139 for my FX-8320 while the i5 3570k cost $219. BF4 is a fully AMD optimized game (demo systems by EA were using FX-8350's and dual HD 7970's.) We're finally starting to get some games that are optimized for heavily threaded architectures, and you guys balk about it? I would be celebrating if I were you. That can ONLY be a good thing for all of us.
In short, if you want the best experience, get an FX 8 core or a Sandy Bridge or newer i7.Edited by Mad Pistol - 10/1/13 at 9:43pm