AMD has updated its FX range of CPUs with three new models that use Socket AM3+. FX-8370 slots in above FX-8350, just as you would expect, but the real interest lies with FX-8370E and FX-8320E with a TDP that has been reduced from 125W to 95W. That ‘E’ suffix appears to stand for Eco.
There’s no kind way to put this, but the fact is that ever since its release in 2011, the AMD FX-8xxx series of processors has struggled against Intel Core i7. AMD had the headline feature of eight hardware cores (compared to Intel’s mainstream parts with and average of four cores and the option of Hyper Threading) however FX-8xxx series performance was so lacking that AMD has had to rely on clock speed at 4GHz+ to try and redress the balance.
Common sense says a 25 percent reduction in TDP is likely to have a significant impact on performance so let’s check out FX-8370E and see whether E stands for ‘Excellent’ or ‘Execrable’.
- Base speed 3.3GHz
- Turbo Frequency up to 4.3GHz
- Architecture Piledriver
- Core name Vishera
- Manufacturing process 32nm
- Number of cores Eight
- Memory controller Dual-channel DDR3
- L1 Cache 8 x 16KB Data, 4 x 64KB Instruction
- L2 Cache 4 x 2MB
- L3 cache 8MB
- Socket AM3+
- Thermal Design Power 95W
- Features SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE3, SSE4a, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2, AMD-V, AES, AVX, XOP, FMA3, FMA4