The Future Revealed (Part 2)

12/20/2012 9:27:57 AM

Red Meat For Enthusiasts

The other big development from Intel will be Ivy Bridge-E. If you bought an LGA2O11 board because that’s the socket for real enthusiasts.’ you’ve probably been feeling a Little forlorn as of Late. After all, LGA2O11 is still rolling a CPU with Intel’s older 32nm Sandy Bridge cores. Sure, you get six of them, and a boat Load of PCIe lanes that LGA1155 can only dream of but where’s the Love, Intel?

That love should come, umm, sometime next year the latest word is Q3 2013. Ivy Bridge-E is what you’d expect: six [or maybe eight cores of 22nm Ivy Bridge action. It was originally predicted for late 2012, so why the delay? Our guess is it’s because Intel just doesn’t have any competition at the high end. Even the older Sandy Bridge-E will mop the floor with AMDs eight-core chips, so why push it?

The other big development from Intel will be Ivy Bridge-E

The other big development from Intel will be Ivy Bridge-E

The good news is that IVB-E should slot right into your LGA2O11 board without issue. After that, however, LGA2011 will probably be shuffled off to make room for a new chip and socket.

The Coming Of Vishera

On paper, and’s bulldozer microarchitecture always sounded Like a mean, green machine. When it Landed Last year. Though, in the form of the Zambezi processor (aka FX-8150), it actually went about as fast as a real life bulldozer.

AMD didn’t just give up and curl into a ball, though. The company went back to work polishing the FX chip into the new AMD FX-8350 ‘Vishera. The chip might Look Like a Zambezi, but it features an improved branch predictor, improved scheduler, a Larger Li translate Lookaside buffer, new FMA3 and F16C instructions, L2 improvements, and many other changes.

The best feature of Vishera. Though, is its backward compatibility. Vishera should work with most, if not all, AM3+ boards with a BIOS update, and AMD is promising that future CPUs will work with AM3+ As Well.

Enter The Test Bed

To see how Vishera stacks up. We used the same Asus Cross-hair V board that we used to test Bulldozer more than a year ago and outfitted it with a GeForce GTX 580 - 8GB of dual-channel 00R3/1600, an OCZ Vertex 3 SSD and Windows 8. Why Windows 8? One issue that cropped up with the original Bulldozer chip was that Windows 7’s scheduler didn’t know how to deal with the Bulldozer’s shared multicores.

For comparison, we dusted off our old FX-8150 and set up a near identical Intel system using Intel’s Core i5-3570K on an Asus P8Z77-V Premium motherboard with Windows 8. Why the 3570k? It’s the chip AMD uses as a benchmark for the FX-8350 and. frankly, our recommendation for the sweet spot of computing today.

the new AMD FX-8350 ‘Vishera

the new AMD FX-8350 ‘Vishera

The result? First, FX-8150 is still slow. It could barely compete with the Core i5-2500K last year and took it on the chin from the Ivy Bridge based Core i5-3570K in just about every test we ran. In fact, it was so slow in our Premiere Pro CS6 encode that we had to rerun the tests on both the Intel and FX-8150 because we couldn’t believe the results.

The FX-8350 fares far better. In fact, we’d dare say the FX-8350 is very competitive with the 3570K in some heavily multithreaded tasks. Take, for example, our Premiere Pro CS6 benchmark. The FX-8350 doesn’t trounce the 3570K but it cuts the encode time in half over the FX-8150 part. In other tests, Vishera aces the Ivy Bridge part.

You can’t deny the power of the individual Ivy Bridge cores. Though. We ran Cirie bench 10 on a single core and the Ivy Bridge slaughtered both FX CPUs. In several of the gaming benchmarks, Intel’s more efficient cores also put Ivy Bridge on top, although we did see the FX parts unexpectedly pull ahead in 3OMark, whereas usually there is no difference among CPUs in this test when the same OPU is used.

What do we recommend? If your chores are mostly Limited to gaming and tasks that can’t exploit all eight cores, the Intel part has the advantage. If, however, you are rendering 3D or transcoding or rendering video (except in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6I. The new FX 8350 should be your pick. It offers a Longer socket roadmap and gives you better performance in these areas. We do have to add, however, that the performance gap probably isn’t as good as AMD fans would expect, considering the clock and core count difference between the FX-8350 and Core i5-3570K. Still, for AMD these days, a tie is probably good news considering it’s up against Intel’s best cores to date.

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