AMD FX-8150 8-Core CPU Review: Bulldozer Is Here

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For our next series of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place a load on the CPU rather than GPU.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET: Quake Wars
Taking the GPU out of the Equation

The AMD FX-8150 was easily the fastest AMD-built processor in our gaming tests. In our ET:QW test, the FX-8150 finished well ahead of the Phenoms, Llano, and the Core i5-2500K, but trailed the higher-end Intel processors. Is the Crysis CPU benchmark, the FX remained the fastest of the AMD processors, but Intel's chips jump out to a significant lead.

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