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Old October 23, 2012, 06:45 AM
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This is exactly what AMD needed to do. I wasnt expecting miracle - and didnt see any - but its now back to being a horse race for mid-grade / avg users. That is awesome! I am so happy to see AMD move out of the mega budget only arena. Hopefully, the next gen posts just as big improvements!
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Hey sky what do you think of Guild Wars 2 as a CPU gaming benchmark? The game is heavily CPU bound and shows great differences in performance with CPU's. A personal story quest could be used to benchmark to keep numbers of players constant. I mostly ask because it seems like a pretty good benchmark to me but I don't see anyone use it so there must be a reason why they don't.
I can safely say that if you use min. FPS as a part of your benchmark on GW2 you'll be I/O bound first as frames drop to load NPC textures. One of the better personal story quests I've seen for benching is Flower of Death - Guild Wars 2 Wiki (GW2W) since you can jump into melee rather quickly. Second to that would probably be the human tutorial because of the centaur rush very early into the quest + you can wander pretty far away and still have NPCs running around.

Back to the CPU, with the unlocked SKUs would it mean for an overclocker it would be safe to just try to OC the !@#$ out of a FX-8320 and put the extra ~$25 into something else? (still less of a risk than trying to unlock cores on the older Phenoms I'd think)
I'm debating whether to use Vishera to try out water cooling Is there a chance that we'll get an Eldonko 990 motherboard review with extreme cooling?
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2) I have a better test. Later this week or early next week, the FX-6300 will be tested against the X6. :)
Can you include the 8350 results in all the charts? I'll be shopping for the 8350, pitted against my X6.
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Can you include the 8350 results in all the charts? I'll be shopping for the 8350, pitted against my X6.
Sure.
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I surprisingly like this processor, its a blast to overclock and very good value for the money. I like the direction AMD is moving, I just hope they can keep up the pressure. Sky, understandably, was conservative with the voltages, in the two samples I had the chance to test, under H100 at 1.55v we were seeing 5.2-5.4 Ghz and temps around 45C. A real watercooling setup would fare even better. AMD still loves the cold which makes it even more fun.

Great review Sky as usual and nice upgrade for AMD.
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Awesome, thanks :)
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I surprisingly like this processor, its a blast to overclock and very good value for the money. I like the direction AMD is moving, I just hope they can keep up the pressure. Sky, understandably, was conservative with the voltages, in the two samples I had the chance to test, under H100 at 1.55v we were seeing 5.2-5.4 Ghz and temps around 45C. A real watercooling setup would fare even better. AMD still loves the cold which makes it even more fun.

Great review Sky as usual and nice upgrade for AMD.
damn what was the power draw at 5.2-5.4?
Fan configuration?

I go for silence and have my push pull running low rpm so I doubt I would hit that high, but might make the 5Ghz everyday more of a possibility.
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I would love to do 5.0GHZ, and I'm sure I could achieve it, too, with my closed loop water cooler.
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damn what was the power draw at 5.2-5.4?
Fan configuration?

I go for silence and have my push pull running low rpm so I doubt I would hit that high, but might make the 5Ghz everyday more of a possibility.
I have no idea on the power draw, it was never measured with a meter. The H100 was stock, taken from the package and placed on the chip. The board we were using was had a BIOS limit of 1.45v because of the beta BIOS involved but AMD Overdrive allowed for up to 1.55v which is where it was run up to before we changed motherboards.
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ON my chip, 5GHz seems to be 24/7 stable. It has been folding for the last 48 hours @ 5GHz without a single hitch.
Based on this, you can consider the overclock as stable.
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