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General Use Performance

We'll start out our tests with the 7-zip benchmark, a CPU bound multithreaded integer workload that looks at 7-zip compression/decompression algorithms where the IO subsystem is removed from the equation:

7-zip Benchmark

7-zip is almost the perfect scenario for AMD's Vishera: a heavily threaded integer benchmark. Here the FX-8350 is able to outperform the Core i7 3770K. In fact, all of the Vishera parts are able to outperform their price competitive Ivy Bridge alternatives. The old Core i7 920 does pretty well here thanks to its 8-thread architecture.

Next up is Mozilla's Kraken JavaScript benchmark. This test includes some forward looking js code designed to showcase performance of future rich web applications on today's software and hardware. We run the test under IE10:

Windows 8 - Mozilla Kraken Javascript Benchmark

If the 7-zip benchmark is the best case scenario for AMD, Mozilla's Kraken test is among the worst. Largely dominated by single threaded performance, the FX-8350 is significantly slower than a Core i3 3220. Only Intel's old Core i7 920 is slower here, and that's a chip that debuted in 2008.

Although not the best indication of overall system performance, the SYSMark 2012 suite does give us a good idea of lighter workloads than we're used to testing.

SYSMark 2012 - Overall

Overall performance according to SYSMark 2012 is within striking distance of Ivy Bridge, at least for the FX-8350. AMD seems to have equalled the performance of last year's 2500K, and is able to deliver almost 90% of the performance of the 3750K. It's not a win by any means, but AMD is inching closer.

SYSMark 2012 - Office Productivity

SYSMark 2012 - Media Creation

SYSMark 2012 - Web Development

SYSMark 2012 - Data/Financial Analysis

SYSMark 2012 - 3D Modeling

SYSMark 2012 - System Management

Par2 File Recovery Performance

Par2 is an application used for reconstructing downloaded archives. It can generate parity data from a given archive and later use it to recover the archive

Chuchusoft took the source code of par2cmdline 0.4 and parallelized it using Intel’s Threading Building Blocks 2.1. The result is a version of par2cmdline that can spawn multiple threads to repair par2 archives. For this test we took a 708MB archive, corrupted nearly 60MB of it, and used the multithreaded par2cmdline to recover it. The scores reported are the repair and recover time in seconds.

Par2 - Multi-Threaded par2cmdline 0.4

Crank up the threads and once again you see Vishera do quite well. The FX-8350 outpaces the Core i5 3570, and the FX-4300 falls only slightly behind the Core i3 3220.

Excel Math Performance

Microsoft Excel 2007 SP1 - Monte Carlo Simulation

Introduction Video Transcoding & Visual Studio 2012 Performance


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  • Blibbax - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - link

    Read the techreport review. Intel still comes out on top. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - link

    Don't worry AMD is going to SteamRoll Intel soon ! Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - link

    NO, amd never does better. It does worse, often by a lot, and sad little cheapo SB's spank it sorry a lot of the time. Reply
  • Mugur - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - link

    I'm trying to find a good scenario for those desktop cpus... Cheap 8 core virtualization hosts? Video encoding? Other than that, in this "mobile" world when every desktop PC looks out of time, I don't know what you can do with them. They are obviously not good for light loads or gaming... Reply
  • lmcd - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - link

    The architecture makes more sense when less modules are used, i.e. the APU series. Look at how Trinity destroyed Llano, both desktop and mobile. And note that an A10+6670 is a perfect midrange gaming value. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - link

    fanboy much ? Now we have again the amd perfection. LOL

    SB smacks it down, as does nVidia. Sorry fanboy, amd has nothing that is a perfect value, especially in gaming.
  • RussianSensation - Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - link

    What are you blabbing about? You should be banned from this forum.

    While Intel's CPUs are clearly in a class of their own for high-end CPU gaming rigs, AMD's GPUs are doing very well this generation, having captured single-GPU performance crown, performance/$ and overclocking performance. The minute you said NV smacks AMD's GPU around, you lost ALL credibility.


    You may want to take a look at 90% of all the games that came out in 2012 - GTX680 loses to 7970 GE (or 680 OC vs. 7970 OC). Facts must not sit well with AMD haters.
  • mayankleoboy1 - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - link

    Nice performance predictions for Haswell and Steamroller.
    But IMHO, 15% increase for Haswell is too high and 15% for Steamroller is low.

    IMHO, more realistic expectations would be :
    Haswell 10%. probably more like 8%.
    Steamroller 20%
  • dishayu - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - link

    Steamroller 15% is straight from the horse's (AMD's) mouth and 15% for Haswell is well within reason because it's a "tock" (new architecture). So, i think 15% for both works out fine for making speculative statements at this moment. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - link

    Except we can probably agree amd will fail to meet their goal in most of these future cases and fail to meet it and be very late as well (cpu side after all and they suck at being on time) , so some sideways review with all the possible advantages in testing and text will need to be skewed toward the amd side ( and they will be) to be able to claim "amd met it's goal! "
    Let's face it, if amd meets some bare minimum "test" for "achieving that goal" in one single area, the review will claim "they accomplished it". Like the recent time amd released whatever it was a cpu or a vid card and they had a single or so instance of 5 or 10 PROMISED on the egg shelf the day of their declared release and we were told (yes here) "they did it !"

    On the other side of the "perfectly legitimate 15% is an equal and fair equation of the future", we have Intel, that likely won't be late, and if so just barely, and has the cahunas and record to probably exceed their stated goals.

    To be honest, the best I can do for amd is say I like their new cpu name " Steamroller !"
    For some reason, and this is of course pure speculation, hopeful ESP, wimmin's intuition, or perhaps a desperate attempt to give them a break...but...
    I think the name Steamroller indicates they will have a winner when that puppy comes out.
    Yes, I think it's crazy as well, but what if I'm right ?
    I might be absolutely correct.

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