AMD FX 6300 

Released October, 2012
  • 3.5 GHz
  • Hexa core
  • Unlocked
7.6 Out of 10

It's not far off in terms of gaming, with our low-end Batman: AC scores showing 155fps for the FX-6300 versus 164FPS for the stock-clocked i5-3570K.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
The benchmarks show that almost across the board this chip is faster than the higher clocked six-core CPU.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD FX 6300

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

FX 6300
7.2
FX 8350
8.1
Cinebench R11.5, Cinebench R10 32-bit, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

FX 6300
7.9
FX 8350
8.1
Cinebench R11.5 (1-core), Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core) and 1 more

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

FX 6300
8.9
FX 8350
9.9
Passmark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

FX 6300
7.8
FX 8350
7.4
Performance Per Dollar

7.6

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

FX 6300
7.6
FX 8350
8.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD FX 6300

GeekBench (32-bit)

FX 6300
7,535
FX 8350
11,065
Core i5 3570K
10,819

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

FX 6300
6,080
Core i3 3220
4,030
FX 8350
6,880

Cinebench R11.5

FX 6300
4.92
FX 8350
6.94
In the other straight CPU performance tests in Cinebench it shows a very slight advantage, though the improvements in single-threaded performance aren't as pronounced as with the FX-8350.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

FX 6300
1.07

Passmark

FX 6300
6,444
FX 8350
9,134
Core i3 3220
4,229

Passmark (Single Core)

FX 6300
1,446
Core i3 4130
1,979

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD FX 6300


8.0
That said you don't really need to have an overclocking mobo to push the Core i5 up over 4.5GHz and gaming performance will quickly outstrip the AMD chip.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

That's not the only difference between this and the previous chip as, despite having the same general make-up and 14MB cache size, the FX-6300 has got a lower TDP than the Bulldozer.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
Part of that is down to the fact that it's a very cool-running chip - at stock speeds it's running at 28°C under load.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
Especially considering it's only just over £100.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)

Performance

The multi-threaded performance easily eclipses a stock Core i5, and almost manages to do the same in single-threaded performance too.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
Still, as a budget alternative, the FX-6300 is a very capable CPU offering decent multi-threaded performance, even at stock speed for use in productivity-related tasks and improved gaming performance too.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
We've even managed to push the FX-6300 over 5GHz and had it stably posting benchmark scores.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)

Multicore

Steamroller should squeeze more into each Bulldozer module to allow each core to function much more like a traditional CPU core, and should seriously beef up the single-threaded performance of the next generation processors.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
The essential make-up still remains the same with each module housing most of the silicon that makes up a traditional core.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
Still, the same Bulldozer problems reared their heads with that six-core chip as with the eight-core: namely weak single-threaded performance.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)

Applications

It's almost the perfect sweet spot for budget gaming CPUs.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
After all, in gaming terms, it's the GPU that will make the difference in frame rates.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
Still, to post the same sort of ballpark figures at a lower frequency than the previous generation is impressive, but what's more impressive is the boost in gaming performance that the Piledriver update seems to offer.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)

Power

With the clockspeeds taking a cut compared to the previous processor, and a lower overall TDP to boot, you might be forgiven for thinking the overclocking prowess of this Piledriver CPU may have been compromised.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
Pleasingly that drop in both TDP and clockspeed doesn't mean this is a slower chip in real-world terms.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.1 GHz
Cores Hexa core
Socket type AM3+
Is unlocked Yes
Is hyperthreaded No

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Has vitualization support Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
  1. MMX
  2. SSE4.2
  3. Supplemental SSE3
  4. FMA4
  5. SSE4.1
  6. AVX
  7. SSE
  8. SSE4
  9. FMA3
  10. AES
  11. SSE4a
  12. SSE3
  13. SSE2
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

gpu

GPU None
Label None
Latest DirectX None
Number of displays supported None
GPU clock speed None
Turbo clock speed None
3DMark06 None

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1866
  2. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 29,866.66 MB/s

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 6 threads
L2 cache 6 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nms
Transistor count 1,600,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.5°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 82
Overclock review score 0.8
Overclocked clock speed 4.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.79 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,541
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.82 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 7.78 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W

bus

Clock speed 2,600 MHz
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Comments

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Hey guys! Check out this build using FX 6300 cpu! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f58cKamr1M&index=3&list=PLrhDBwvPaHV8X4UPLeDZSbPayyFvQTTkt
On a scale of pure bang for your buck, the FX 6300 is hard to beat. I used one of these in a gaming PC build for a friend of mine, and he's had no complaints. I put it on a Gigabyte 970-based motherboard with 8 GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 660 (I know, not a Radeon, but I got it on a great deal). He's playing all the latest titles on Steam on max settings with no issues. Amazing for a CPU that as of this comment costs a mere $120 on Newegg.
I overclocked my FX-6300 on M5A97Evo2 board to 4,8Mhz on 212Evo air cooler and 1,41vCPU. PassmarkCPU rating of 8960 and Cinebench-6,24. All that at verivied stability of AMD Overdrive utility. Temps of 40C delta between CPU and MB with peaks of 71C CPU temp. It is staggering how easily this chip can be OC'd and how powerful it then becomes compared to notable competition, not excluding i7.
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