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

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Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Next up, we ran our test systems through Futuremark’s total-system performance evaluation tool, PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity.

Preliminary Testing with PCMark Vantage
Synthetic Benchmarks

Most of the sub-tests used to come up with the final scores in each category are multi-threaded as well, so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a multi-core CPU.

The FX Series support for hardware accelerated AES encryption give the FX-8150 a significant boost in performance in PCMark Vantage's Communications test, but in the remainder of the tests, AMD's new flagship eight-core chip can't quite keep pace with the previous generation Phenom II X6 six-core processor, let alone any of Intel's quad or six-core processors.

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