CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 8350 vs 8120 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD FX 8350 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD FX 8350  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD FX 8350

Reasons to consider the
AMD FX 8350

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Much higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz vs 4 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Much better PassMark (Overclocked) score 10,147 vs 2,844.6 More than 3.5x better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 8.79 GHz vs 4.82 GHz More than 80% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better PassMark score 9,134 vs 6,585 Around 40% better PassMark score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.72 GHz vs 4.47 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better geekbench 3 single core score 2,193 vs 1,907 Around 15% better geekbench 3 single core score
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Oct, 2011 Release date over a year later
Better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 12,126 vs 10,115 Around 20% better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
Front view of AMD FX 8120

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AMD FX 8120

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Much lower typical power consumption 117.5W vs 159.66W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 109.5 $/year vs 159.62 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better performance per watt 5.74 pt/W vs 4.8 pt/W Around 20% better performance per watt
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 46.87 $/year vs 56.1 $/year More than 15% lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of FX 8350 vs 8120

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8350
11,483
FX 8120
8,832

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8350
2,193
FX 8120
1,907

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8350
2,470,000 MB/s
FX 8120
2,200,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8350
10,956
FX 8120
8,516

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

FX 8350
12,126
FX 8120
10,115

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

FX 8350
6,880
FX 8120
5,220

Cinebench R11.5

FX 8350
6.94
FX 8120
5.1

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

FX 8350
1.11
FX 8120
0.97

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

FX 8350  vs
8120 
Clock speed 4 GHz 3.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Octa core Octa core
Socket type
AM3+
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

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

memory controller

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

details

FX 8350  vs
8120 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,200,000,000 1,200,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Die size 319 mm² 319 mm²
Clock multiplier 21 20
Voltage range 0.82 - 1.45V 1.11 - 1.38V

overclocking

Overclock popularity 709 228
Overclock review score 0.95 5
Overclocked clock speed 4.72 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 8.79 GHz 4.82 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 10,147 2,844.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.72 GHz 4.47 GHz

power consumption

TDP 125W 125W
Annual home energy cost 56.1 $/year 46.87 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 159.62 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 4.8 pt/W 5.74 pt/W
Idle power consumption 92W 95W
Peak power consumption 182.21W 125W
Typical power consumption 159.66W 117.5W

bus

Clock speed 2,600 MHz 2,600 MHz
AMD FX 8350
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Comments

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I might get it, but with a H90 (just to stay a little safer)
If you want waist money. YES. Better buy H60 or H80 liquid cooler and overclock. Because any way 8350 recommend liquid cooler system.
Worth an upgrade?
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