FX-8350 CPU Review; AMD's Vishera Arrives

Author: SKYMTL
Date: October 22, 2012
Product Name: FX-3850
Part Number: FD8350FRHKBOX
Warranty: 3 Years
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Folding @ Home PPD Performance

Folding@Home’s distributed computing program is rarely used within benchmarks but staring at an eight-core processor got our minds wondering how the FX-8350 would fare. Since the new V7 client continues Stanford’s tradition of releasing software that scales well across multiple cores, Vishera should excel in this area.

In order to actively “benchmark” with Folding@Home while also helping with research initiatives, we dedicated an FX-8350 and FX-8150 to 48 straight hours of folding each. Average Points per Day (PPD) for each completed project / work unit was logged using HFM.net (bonus points included) once the WU was uploaded to the servers and luckily, at one point or another both processors received identical units on three separate occasions. These have been shown in the chart below.

The results here speak for themselves: Vishera’s combination of higher clock speeds and other architectural improvements can make a huge difference in F@H PPD. Some work units seem to benefit far more than others (the 25% increase in the P7020 output was particularly impressive) but we once again seen an across-the-board benefit from using AMD’s new processors.

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