AMD FX-8150 CPU Review: Can Bulldozer Raze The Playing Field?

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There have been a lot of products and inventions through the years that have been misunderstood and not given the credit they deserve. Looking as far back as the invention of the phonograph, even it was looked at as simply a quaint oddity. A parlor toy, if you will. At the time, most people’s exposure to music in the home was singing around their own piano, or simply singing in the shower. Then came the phonograph. It made recording voices and music possible, and with the advent from wax cylinders to reproducible media, it made it distributable. Think about something, at the time of the invention there were no such things as recording artists. Thomas Edison had to create the entire beginnings of the recording industry in order to support his parlor toy. We all see where that has gone….now turn off the iPod and listen to me.

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At some point (or points), a product comes along that changes an industry, or in the case of the simple architecture of the phonograph, creates one. In technology, there are constant creations and advances, but oddly, the actual architecture of the CPU hasn’t really changed all that much. The benchmarks we were using ten years ago are, for the most part, still applicable as performance measurements today. This is simply because the way CPUs operate hasn’t changed all that much. But how is this possible in a world of ever changing software looking to grow more complex all the time? At what point does the architecture of the CPU need to change in order to keep up with the software and give the software a chance to grow?

AMD’s new FX-8150 is the first release in their new Bulldozer line, featuring an all new and radically different architecture. The AMD FX-8150 is the first eight core desktop processor to market, but there is much more going on beneath the skin. The eight cores of the FX-8150 are built into four modules on the chip, each with two physical processing cores. These two cores share resources in a way previously unseen, sharing not only L2 cache, but FPUs, as well. This makes for a highly efficient unit capable of incredible multi-threaded capabilities. In addition, the FX-8150 is a Black Edition CPU with an unlocked multiplier. This obviously makes for easier overclocking and the FX-8150 is designed with extreme overclocking headroom in mind. Recently, AMD set a world overclocking record with a Bulldozer CPU with the OC topping out at an astounding 8.4GHz. This, naturally, is not what should be expected from an ordinary home build, but it does show that the FX-8150 has extreme overclocking potential.

 

 

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