AMD FX 6300 

Released October, 2012
  • 3.5 GHz
  • Hexa core
  • Unlocked
7.4 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


Benchmark performance using all cores

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

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

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


Are you paying a premium for performance?

FX 6300
FX 8350
Performance Per Dollar


CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

FX 6300
FX 8350

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD FX 6300

GeekBench (32-bit)

FX 6300
FX 8350
Core i5 3570K

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

FX 6300
FX 8350
FX 6350

Cinebench R11.5

FX 6300
FX 8350
FX 8320

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

FX 6300
FX 8350


FX 6300
FX 8350

Passmark (Single Core)

FX 6300
Core i3 4160

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

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)


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)


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)


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)


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
Is hyperthreaded No


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
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 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 4.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.77 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,541
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.79 GHz

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 7.41 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W


Clock speed 2,600 MHz
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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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