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Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:49:41 AM »
If you've been waiting on it, here is a review of it.


Not what many had hoped, but still a very good chip with a decent price point.

http://www.overclockers.com/amd-fx-8150-bulldozer-processor-review

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 07:34:02 AM »
Seems like performance is basically dead-on with the 2500k.This is a step up for AMD, but not a very big one.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 12:39:02 PM »
Yep, I would use it for a budget gaming rig, but if you do a lot of rendering, I would still stick with Intel. At least for the moment.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 01:28:29 PM »
Budget gaming rig? Unless I'm missing something, the FX-8150 costs more than the i5-2500k and performs about the same. I see the article mentioning it will be under $245 but it's not the case on Newegg. I didn't read through the benchmark. I just skimmed some of the graphs and read the conclusion (maybe I'll read the article if I have some time today), but I would feel a lot more comfortable going with an i5-2500k. Slap a $30 cooler on that thing and you'll see 4.4Ghz stable without any problems.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011, 03:34:37 PM »
I must have mis read, I thought it said it costed less than the 2500k. I honestly haven't looked it up the price of either. I'm still waiting on the SB-E and the 7x series cards from Nvidia to do a rebuild.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2011, 07:11:24 PM »
I must have mis read, I thought it said it costed less than the 2500k. I honestly haven't looked it up the price of either. I'm still waiting on the SB-E and the 7x series cards from Nvidia to do a rebuild.


2500k is consistently around $210-220. Like Kalgorn said (and like my machine) a $30 cooler gets it to 4.4GHz no problem. Clock-for-clock, dollar-for-dollar there's no comparison.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2011, 07:47:16 AM »
Anand's is up:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4955/the-bulldozer-review-amd-fx8150-tested

Looks like most people will be better off going with a Sandy Bridge. High clockspeed, high power draw, mid-range performance.  Reminds me of the old single core Pentium 4 chips.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2011, 10:07:41 AM »
Aaaaaaand AMD fan boys will buy it, but it looks like they're staying behind in the CPU race.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2011, 06:13:27 PM »
I have been with AMD for quite a few years (since the last time they had the FX chip out heh. ) After looking at the performance and benchmarks, then looking at the power consumption (which is significantly higher than a 2600k). Then finally looking at the cost. I went with the 2600k. The cost was the difference in Tax.
Newegg had the 8150 at $280. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960)

Microcenter Had the 2600k for $280
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354587

There is no comparison. That along with the AMD chip doing craptastic in lightly threaded work loads. Just easier to go with intel. it is just odd to say that for once, intel has both the best price, AND best performance. With Intel porting Ivy bridge to work on the 1155 socket that sandy bridge does (as long as the mobo has the right ship), I do not think AMD will be catching up any time soon.  intel just has AMD beat all around. As for first 8 core cpu... the thing is a 4 core CPU...... They just tried to implement their own answer to hyper threading and it failed. They even state that Bulldozer will not work optimally with windows 7, have to wait for windows 8. Which by then, intel will have released how many more chips, heck, even AMD plans to release at least another one (piledriver) .... Suddenly thier codenames take on a new means.....

Switched to Intel after 10 years of AMD.. I must say I am very pleased I did. Just wish the Intel Motherboards had as much stuff on them as AMD boards... but then... That is probably to try and make up for some of the weakness of the cpu.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2011, 07:29:04 PM »
Isn't the new BIOS on Intel boards amazing? Having a 3D GUI at BIOS level just seems weird. Sandy Bridge is seriously awesome. I've had my 2500k overclocked to 4.4GHz for the last couple months and it sits quietly at 35*C most of the time. Chews through 21 megapixel RAW files like I never imagined.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2011, 12:00:38 AM »
Isn't the new BIOS on Intel boards amazing? Having a 3D GUI at BIOS level just seems weird. Sandy Bridge is seriously awesome. I've had my 2500k overclocked to 4.4GHz for the last couple months and it sits quietly at 35*C most of the time. Chews through 21 megapixel RAW files like I never imagined.

The thing is awesome indeed. Much better. have not looked at temps to much other than to know it is not hitting my alarm level. I need a new cooler for it (No overclock so it has the stock cooler). Been trying to figure out the best cooler for it that will not short me a ram slot. (and not cost a fortune).  if I had the money I would probably get the Prolimatech Genesis.
http://www.prolimatech.com/en/products/detail.asp?id=801&page=1)

Retails for about $75 sans any fans. so you have to add that cost as well. so total would be about 100. Performs better or as well as the H series all in one water cooling (except the new h100). Just no Idea where I would stick a radiator outside of my case.

I have the ASRock p67 Gen3 Extreme 4. Very nice board to work with. Not one single problem

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2011, 12:51:48 AM »
Honestly, I love my Cooler Master N520. Got it on eBay for ~25 shipped. I'm on the previous i5 chipset (i5-750) with stock speeds of 2.67Ghz. I'm at an extremely stable 3.80Ghz no problem with idle temps in the low 40s. The most I see is 60 even when gaming.

The cooler is dual 92mm fans. No, it didn't win any awards, but it does the job and it's cheap. It even came with some decent Cooler Master paste that has good reviews.

Unless, of course, you're interested in doing some sort of crazy shit.
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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2011, 01:09:33 AM »
Any problems with it covering a ram slot?

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2011, 03:47:46 AM »
What kind of ram are you using that a Hyper 212+ blocks it? The fan is adjustable up and down. Haven't heard of people having problems with it.


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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2011, 06:25:47 AM »
I'm using a CM Hyper 212 with mine. Does not block RAM slots.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2011, 10:43:07 AM »
I don't have any issues with the N520 either. It's pretty close, but it wouldn't block them.

The only reason I didn't go with a N212+ is because of the height. That thing is massive. I didn't want to take any chances.
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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2011, 12:27:08 PM »
What kind of ram are you using that a Hyper 212+ blocks it? The fan is adjustable up and down. Haven't heard of people having problems with it.

not really using anything High Profile. Was just curious, since coming from and AMD platform they are known to block a slot on some boards (Apparently the ram slots are closer to the socket on AMD boards).

I'm using a CM Hyper 212 with mine. Does not block RAM slots.

That Looks like interesting. Will Consider it with some other choices.

The only reason I didn't go with a N212+ is because of the height. That thing is massive. I didn't want to take any chances.

I do not have to worry about that. My case is ridiculously wide. About 8.25" wide from the top of the CPU to the case door. No fans on the door above the CPU (just one above the Video card slots)

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2011, 12:30:15 PM »
That's the way my old AM3 board was. The I had to install the RAM first, then the CPU cooler as the first slot was covered by the cooler. Luckily, it was tall enough to clear the RAM.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2011, 03:21:13 PM »
The Hyper 212+ isn't the greatest in the world of air cooling, but considering it's price, and how cool SB runs anyways, it's all you'll ever really need.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2011, 07:33:48 PM »
The Hyper 212+ isn't the greatest in the world of air cooling, but considering it's price, and how cool SB runs anyways, it's all you'll ever really need.

It's not the greatest, but it's pretty close to it..and extremely well-built.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2011, 07:48:42 PM »
It's not the greatest, but it's pretty close to it..and extremely well-built.

Yep, I believe it stays within 10 degrees of the Noctua NH-D14 at 1/4 the price. It's very hard to beat.

*212 can be had for $20 at a Micro Center.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2011, 12:24:27 AM »
Live 2 hours away from Microcenter, and Shipping negates the savings lol.

I think I will go with this guy though.
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

I like that it has more heat pipe contact, and a smoother bottom finish. Other than that it is pretty much the same thing.

That or I could probably do the 212+ for $25 shipped.  Looks to me that either is a pretty darn good solution.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2011, 12:48:43 AM »
Just so you know, it doesn't cool any better than the base 212+, at least according to the reviews I've read on it.

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Re: Bulldozer FX-8150 review
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2011, 01:10:27 PM »
Ahh, ok. Looks Like I can save the $10 then. I was reading the same after a bit. Any more cooling from the evo was very very negligible. I do suppose since it is a temporary solution, It will wok just fine (looking at doing an ivy bridge upgrade when they pop out if they perform better, and moving the CPU to a different board.)