CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 860 vs 8350 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 Intel Core i7 860

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 860

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Significantly more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Lower annual home energy cost 53.98 $/year vs 56.1 $/year Around 5% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of AMD FX 8350

Reasons to consider the
AMD FX 8350

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Much higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz vs 3.46 GHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 1 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More cores 8 vs 4 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 8.79 GHz vs 3.51 GHz More than 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Jul, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.72 GHz vs 4.17 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better PassMark score 9,134 vs 5,092 Around 80% better PassMark score
Significantly better performance per watt 4.8 pt/W vs 2.08 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt
Better performance per dollar 5.31 pt/$ vs 2.34 pt/$ More than 2.2x better performance per dollar
Better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 12,126 vs 8,106 Around 50% better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
Better cinebench r10 32Bit score 22,674 vs 16,598 More than 35% better cinebench r10 32Bit score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 860 vs FX 8350

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 860
7,379
FX 8350
11,483

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 860
2,065
FX 8350
2,193

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 860
134,600 MB/s
FX 8350
2,470,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 860
7,260
FX 8350
10,956

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 860
8,106
FX 8350
12,126

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i7 860
5,850
FX 8350
6,880

Cinebench R11.5

FX 8350
6.94

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

FX 8350
1.11

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 860  vs
FX 8350 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.46 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Octa core
Socket type
LGA 1156
AM3+
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
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

power consumption

TDP 95W 125W
Annual home energy cost 53.98 $/year 56.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 157.68 $/year 159.62 $/year
Performance per watt 2.08 pt/W 4.8 pt/W
Idle power consumption 85.4W 92W
Peak power consumption 180W 182.21W
Typical power consumption 156.35W 159.66W

details

Core i7 860  vs
FX 8350 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 774,000,000 1,200,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 21 21
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.82 - 1.45V

overclocking

Overclock popularity 130 709
Overclocked clock speed 4.17 GHz 4.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.51 GHz 8.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.17 GHz 4.72 GHz

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
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
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