AMD FX 8150 

Released October, 2011
  • 3.6 GHz
  • Octa core
  • Unlocked
5.6 Out of 10

The AMD Turbo Core technology has been used in the Phenom II CPUs before, but has been specifically enhanced for the Bulldozer architecture.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
The AMD FX8150 that we have for benchmarking today has a base clock of 3.6GHz, a CPU Turbo Core clock of 3.9GHz and a CPU Max Turbo clock of 4.2GHz.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD FX 8150 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

FX 8150
6.8
FX 8350
7.4
FX 6300
6.2
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

FX 8150
6.5
FX 8350
6.9
FX 6300
6.6
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

FX 8150
0.0
FX 8350
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

FX 8150
0.0
FX 8350
0.0
FX 6300
0.0
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

FX 8150
5.6
FX 8350
5.7
FX 6300
6.0
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

FX 8150
5.9
FX 8350
6.3
FX 6300
6.5
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.6

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

FX 8150
5.6
FX 8350
5.8
FX 6300
5.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD FX 8150

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8150
10,087
FX 6300
7,871
FX 8350
11,483

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8150
1,990
FX 8350
2,193
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8150
2,265,000 MB/s
FX 8350
2,470,000 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8150
9,664
FX 6300
7,447
FX 8350
10,956

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8150
10,251
FX 6300
8,232
FX 8350
12,126

GeekBench

FX 8150
11,782
FX 6300
9,503
FX 8350
12,796

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

FX 8150
7,747
FX 8350
9,134
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

FX 8150
1,355
FX 8350
1,525
FX 6300
1,446

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD FX 8150


7.0
When we used our FX-8150–based test system to apply a dozen filters to a large image using Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, its time of 4 minutes 12 seconds was superior to the 4:16 the 1100T required, but with one wrinkle: the Smart Blur effect.

6.0
Intel's way of spreading out four cores into eight processing threads operates mainly by effectively managing instructions going into one core and separating that out into two parallel threads for the operating system.

9.2
Cons: Water cooling is almost an essential; ALMOST the best thing AMD ever produced.

Overall

7.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

Idle temps are always in the teens, and processor core temps in the 40c range come about only during benchmark or other "full load" requiring software applications.
by jcfsusmc (May, 2012)
The new instruction sets will most likely help out AMD in some of the benchmarks tests that we will run today and down the road when Windows 8 comes out.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
In the more recent AMD platforms, AM2, AM2+, and AM3 we were able to take the latest generation processor and drop it into the previous generation motherboard.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

Socket

When we look at the performance of the Intel Core i7-990X and the AMD FX-8150 at a much more realistic gaming resolution (for processors of this caliber) the difference is only 2 frames per second (1.3%) in favor of the Intel Core i7-990X.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
From the looks of things the main difference between the FX-8150 and the 1100T is the data decrypting test suite.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)
According to Windows 7 the lowest performing component on the system was the processor, which would be the AMD FX-8150 CPU, as it had a subscore of 7.6 and that is the base score for the entire system.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

Performance

World in Conflict is a great CPU benchmark in gaming terms as different CPU hardware genuinely can show a difference.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
Once we get these processors in hand we are definitely looking forward to seeing what they can do in terms of performance.
by Legit Reviews (Sep, 2011)
For years now, those scoping out a system (or just the parts to build one) have had a simple choice to make when it comes to processors: Do you want the best performance (Intel) or do you want the best value (AMD)?
by PCMag (Oct, 2011)

Multicore

Even the ageing Phenom II cores run faster than this brand new Bulldozer core.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
And it is very much a new architecture; AMD has started from scratch with the design of the Bulldozer modules, taking a very different approach to what makes up a CPU core than anyone else.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
It's this squeezing of two cores into each module that means AMD can produce an eight-core CPU for less than the price of Intel's top Sandy Bridge quad-core.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)

Applications

It may have a case, but still the vast majority of games released today are not DX11 games, they're DX10 and in some cases DX9.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
What that will mean in real-world applications though we'll soon see.
by Tech Radar (Oct, 2011)
Pre-set profiles eliminate the need for any complex settings and you can just drag-and-drop the video files you want to convert straight into the application.
by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz
Cores Octa core
Socket type AM3+
Is unlocked Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. ABM
  2. AES
  3. AMD-V
  4. AMD64
  5. AVX
  6. CLMUL
  7. CVT16
  8. F16C
  9. FMA4
  10. MMX
  11. SSE
  12. SSE2
  13. SSE3
  14. SSE4.1
  15. SSE4.2
  16. SSE4a
  17. Supplemental SSE3
  18. XOP
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
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 8 threads
L2 cache 8 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 1,200,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Die size 319 mm²
Clock multiplier 21
Voltage range 1.22 - 1.52V
Operating temperature Unknown - 61°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 216
Overclock review score 4.5
Overclocked clock speed 4.71 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.66 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.71 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W
Annual home energy cost 67.45 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 200.6 $/year
Performance per watt 4.21 pt/W
Idle power consumption 104W
Peak power consumption 229W
Typical power consumption 197.75W

bus

Architecture HyperTransport 3.1
Data rate 10,400 MB/s
Transfer rate 5,200 MT/s
Clock speed 2,600 MHz
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