AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8-Core CPU Reviews

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Cinebench and POV-Ray

Cinebench is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

3D Rendering Benchmark

Cinebench 11.5 shows the first sign of a real difference between the FX-8370 and FX-8370E. The single-threaded performance is identical between the FX-8350, FX-8370, and FX-8370E, but the multithreaded test shows the FX-8370 outperforming the FX-8370E by 5%.

It's not clear why the FX-8350 is a whopping 16% faster than the FX-8370 processors -- it's possible that an early BIOS revision is downclocking AMD's new chips in an incorrect fashion. 

AMD does a little better in Cinebench 15. The gap between the FX-8370 and FX-8370E is again 5% in multithreaded tests, but this time the FX-8370 manages to pass Intel's quad-core Core i7-4670K in the multithreaded benchmark.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.


POV-RAY 3.7 is the first test where a real gap opens up between the FX-8370 and FX-8370E. In this test, the FX-8370 is 1.2x faster than its 95W TDP cousin. This illustrates the tradeoff AMD has to make to hit that 95W TDP target when the CPU is under heavy load -- in a test like POV-RAY, the FX-8370E is just as slow as the first-generation Bulldozer.

No other surprises in these results. The Core FX-8350's single-thread performance isn't far off the Sandy Bridge-era Core i7-2700K but the Core i5-4670K is far more efficient despite running at a 12% slower clock speed.

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