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AMD FX8370E Review

AMD sent me the FX-8370e installed in an ASRock 990FX Killer motherboard which, as the name suggests, uses an AMD 990FX chipset with SB950 Southbridge. For comparison I have an FX-8350 processor which is very similar to the FX-8370 that I would ideally have used.
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As you will see the ‘missing’ 100MHz makes little odds.

Test Configurations AMD FX 8370E
3.3ghz/4.3ghz
AMD FX-8350
4GHz/4.2GHz
CPU OC +10% – 4.4GHz
AMD FX-8350
4GHz/4.2GHz
CPU OC – Auto 4.0GHz
Motherboard ASRock 990FX Killer ASRock 990FX Killer ASRock 990FX Killer
Memory AMD DDR3 2400mhz
AMP 2,133MHz
AMD DDR3 2400mhz
AMP 2,052MHz
AMD DDR3 2400mhz
AMP 2,133MHz
Chipset AMD 990FX+ SB950 AMD 990FX+ SB950 AMD 990FX+ SB950
HDD Samsung 840 EVO SSD Samsung 840 EVO SSD Samsung 840 EVO SSD
Graphics Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X
Operating System Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

CPU-Z
AMD FX8370E
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AMD FX8350
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CPU-Z shows us that FX-8350 and FX-8370E are essentially identical and use the same stepping 0 silicon with the same bus speeds and operating voltages. The only obvious differences are the model name of the CPU and the TDP.

Memory bandwidth
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AMD-FX-8370e / AMD-FX-8350-Overclocked / AMD-FX-8350

The system memory for these benchmark tests is AMD Radeon R9 that is rated at a maximum speed of 2,400MHz. In practice you would expect to find a preset profile in the BIOS with a maximum speed of 2,133MHz although I note the ASRock manual also lists a quirky overclock speed of 2,450MHz.

SiSoft Sandra gives us a simple start to the benchmarking.

With the FX-8350 running at stock speed and AMP enabled in the BIOS the memory ran at 2,133MHz and delivered a bandwidth of 19.92GB/sec. The FX-8370E also ran the memory at 2,133MHz however the bandwidth was slightly higher at 20.57GB/sec. In practice these two figures are identical. Overclocking the FX-8350 with a +10 percent profile lowered the memory speed to 2,052MHz which in turn reduced the bandwidth to 19.18GB/sec.

Keen readers of KitGuru will have worked out that 2,052MHz is 1,866MHz +10 percent so when it comes to memory bandwidth the FX-8350 and FX-8370E perform as you would expect.

PC Mark 8

The other components in the test PC used for benchmarking were a Samsung 840 SSD and a Sapphire Radeon R9 290 graphics card, which is the sort of hardware that should reveal the performance of any CPU.

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PC Mark 8 threw up some curious results. The stock FX-8350 scored 4,690 which increased to 4,802 when the CPU was overclocked. That is an extra 2.3 percent performance for ten percent more CPU speed, which illustrates the point that PC Mark tests the whole system and not just the CPU.

So imagine my surprise when I saw that the nominally faster FX-8370E turned in a lower score of 4,521 – which is 9.6 percent less than the stock FX-8350 – and suggests the CPU was running somewhere around its base speed of 3.3GHz.

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