CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980 vs 8350

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5 and Passmark

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core) and Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 1 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Winner
AMD FX 8350 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD FX 8350  based on its overclocking.

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AMD FX 8350

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 980

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 980

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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
Significantly more l3 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly lower typical power consumption 105.63W vs 159.66W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Better cinebench r11.5 score 8.91 vs 6.94 Around 30% better cinebench r11.5 score
Better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.24 vs 1.11 More than 10% better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score
Much lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 56.1 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Better performance per watt 7.16 pt/W vs 5.05 pt/W More than 40% better performance per watt
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year vs 159.62 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD FX 8350

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AMD FX 8350

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 2 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.33 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
More cores 8 vs 6 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better performance per dollar 5.13 pt/$ vs 0.93 pt/$ More than 5.5x better performance per dollar
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 3x more l2 cache per core
Better 3DMark11 physics score 6,880 vs 4,650 Around 50% better 3DMark11 physics score
Marginally newer Oct, 2012 vs Jun, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.99 GHz vs 4.74 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 980 vs FX 8350

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i7 980
4,650
FX 8350
6,880
Core i7 980 FX 8350 @ community.futuremark.com
The FX-8350 also gave us some significant gains in 3DMark 11.
FX 8350 | by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2012)

Cinebench R11.5

FX 8350
6.94
In Cinebench the AMD chip is only a little over 5 per cent slower, and in X264 there's less than a single per cent difference between them.
FX 8350 | by Tech Radar (Nov, 2012)

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

FX 8350
1.11

Passmark

Core i7 980
8,822
FX 8350
9,134
Core i7 980 FX 8350 @ cpubenchmark.net
Looking at the physics score we can see a difference of just under 900 points with the AMD FX-8350 taking the lead with 7325 3DMarks.
FX 8350 | by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2012)

Passmark (Single Core)

Core i7 980
1,438
FX 8350
1,525
Curious about real world scenarios, we decided to drop Furmark and ran 3DMark 11 on the performance preset and took the maximum power consumption during the first GPU test.
FX 8350 | by Legit Reviews (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 980  vs
FX 8350 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cores Hexa core Octa core
Socket type
LGA 1366
AM3+
Is unlocked No Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
XOP
SSE3
SSE2
FMA4
F16C
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
SSE4a
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

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
DDR3-1066
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s

details

Core i7 980  vs
FX 8350 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 8
L2 cache 2 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.69 GHz 4.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.74 GHz 4.99 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.69 GHz 4.7 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 125W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 56.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 159.62 $/year
Performance per watt 7.16 pt/W 5.05 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 159.66W

bus

Clock speed 2,400 MHz 2,600 MHz
Intel Core i7 980
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