AMD FX 6300 

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

The benchmarks show that almost across the board this chip is faster than the higher clocked six-core CPU.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
It's almost the perfect sweet spot for budget gaming CPUs.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
Explore 6 desktops with the AMD FX 6300

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD FX 6300 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

FX 6300
FX 8350
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

FX 6300
FX 8350
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

FX 6300
FX 8350
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

FX 6300
FX 8350
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

FX 6300
FX 8350
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

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FX 8350
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

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FX 8350

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD FX 6300

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
FX 8350
Core i5 3570K

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
FX 8350

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s
Core i5 3570K
2,650,000 MB/s
FX 8350
2,470,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 6300
FX 8350
Core i5 3570K

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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FX 8350
Core i5 3570K


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Core i5 3570K
FX 8350

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

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FX 8350

PassMark (Single Core)

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FX 8350

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD FX 6300

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

The FX-6200 was originally set to run at 3.8GHz while this Piledriver version is set at just 3.5GHz.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
The one that we've been interested in getting our techy mitts on is this six-core FX-6300.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
In a bit of a switch around from the FX-8350, where it turned up with a 4GHz clockspeed compared to the FX-8150's 3.6GHz, this six-core CPU is set up slower than its Bulldozer ancestors.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)


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)
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)
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)


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)
In fact if anything the overclocking performance has been enhanced.
by Tech Radar (Dec, 2012)
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)


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)
With that sort of raw processing power from a cheaper chip you could then drop the money you're saving going for an AMD platform and plough that cash into a superior graphics card.
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)
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)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.1 GHz
Cores Hexa core
Socket type AM3+
Is unlocked Yes


Has a NX bit Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. SSE4.2
  3. AVX 1.1
  4. Supplemental SSE3
  5. FMA4
  6. ABM
  7. AMD-V
  8. SSE4.1
  9. XOP
  10. TBM
  11. AVX
  12. AMD64
  13. SSE
  14. BMI1
  15. F16C
  16. FMA3
  17. AES
  18. SSE4a
  19. SSE3
  20. CVT16
  21. CLMUL
  22. SSE2
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type DDR3-1866
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes
Maximum bandwidth 29,866.66 MB/s


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 nm
Transistor count 1,200,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Die size 319 mm²
Clock multiplier 20
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62.5°C


Overclock popularity 82
Overclock review score 0.8
Overclocked clock speed 4.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.82 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,541
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.75 GHz

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 9.84 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W


Clock speed 2,600 MHz
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Hyperthreading is ancient tech from original Pentium 4, AMD has never used it because it was deemed to slow down single threaded applications. It's a 6 core and don't confuse Hypertransport Bus for foolery...
On the PC I built that has an AMD fx-6300, in CPU-Z it does say towards the bottom 6 cores and 6 threads.
You're a moron lol
Nope wrong, the modules feat 2 physical cores, not even like hyperthreading at all come on now.
nope archit jain is right,,,, its 3core,, hyperthreaded to 6
It IS a true hexcore.
it consist of a 3 module chip.. each module consisting of 2 cores sharing resources with each other.. all threads are physical hence its a hexacore
guys i'm really sorry to say that this cpu not a true hexacore but tri core,proof cpu z that shows 3x2048kb l2 cache
Hey guys! Check out this build using FX 6300 cpu!
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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