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AMD FX-8350 vs Intel Core i3-2130

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AMD FX-8350 advantages



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  • In multi-threaded tasks, the FX-8350 has 92% higher performance.
  • In memory-intensive programs, this CPU has 30% better performance.
  • In games and graphics tasks, the microprocessor is 2% faster.
  • The FX-8350 incorporates Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instructions. This extension provides hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption, and is useful if you run applications, that protect your disk or network data.
  • The CPU features F16C, FMA3 and XOP instructions, that were introduced in the recent past. These extensions are not widely used in programs yet, however their support should improve in future apps.
  • The microprocessor has FMA4 instruction set extension enabled. Only AMD processors offer this technology, for that reason it probably will not get broad support from software vendors.
  • The FX-8350 is unlocked. Consequentally, the processor can be freely overclocked on most motherboards to achieve greater performance. Be aware that overclocking voids warranty of the CPU.

Intel Core i3-2130 advantages



Intel Core i3-2130
  • The Intel Core i3-2130 has 22% higher performance when running single-threaded programs.
  • The Core i3-2130 features on-chip HD 2000 graphics unit. This graphics is not powerful enough to play latest games with all settings on, but it can be used for casual gaming and 3D apps.
  • Power consumption of the processor is lower.

FX-8350 vs i3-2130 performance comparison

The charts in the table below illustrate relative performance of FX-8350 and Core i3-2130 CPUs in different kinds of tasks. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance', 'Multi-threaded performance' and 'Discrete Graphics performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can view in the "Benchmarks" tab. As such, performance in individual benchmarks may be better or worse than what you see in the charts below. The 'Overall performance' chart shows an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each application type.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.22
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1.92
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.3
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Discrete Graphics performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.02
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1.22
 
1
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD FX-8350       - Intel Core i3-2130

Complete list of benchmarks, that show difference in performance between AMD FX-8350 and Core i3-2130 in various types of tests, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


FX-8350 vs i3-2130 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
125W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD FX-8350 vs Intel i3-2130 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of low level features of both processors you will find in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

FX-8350 Core i3-2130
General recommendations:
Faster in all task types,
Performs a bit better in graphics tasks,
Supports F16C / FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Can be easily overclocked
  General recommendations:
Somewhat faster in single-threaded tasks,
Integrates HD 2000 GPU,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Not as fast in single-threaded applications,
Does not have integrated GPU,
Requires considerably more power
 

Drawbacks:

Rather slower overall performance,
A bit slow in graphics applications,
Lacks some instructions

Similar processors

FX-8350 Core i3-2130
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as FX-8350 and Intel i3-2130.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD FX-8350 and Intel Core i3-2130 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD FX-8350Intel Core i3-2130
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyFX-SeriesCore i3
Basic details
Model numberFX-8350i3-2130
CPU part numberFD8350FRW8KHKCM8062301043904
CM806230104395
Box part numberFD8350FRHKBOXBX80623I32130
BXC80623I32130
Introduction dateOctober 23, 2012September 4, 2011
Current official price$195 (as of Apr 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameVisheraSandy Bridge
Platform nameVolan 
MicroarchitecturePiledriverSandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM3+Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)40003400
Turbo Frequency (MHz)4200 
Bus speed (MHz)2600 (HT/QPI) 
Clock Multiplier 34
L1 cache256 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)8192512
L3 cache (KB)81923072
Max temperature (°C) 69.1
TDP (Watt)12565
Cores82
Threads84
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
BMI1 / Bit Manipulation+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
FMA3 / 3-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
FMA4 / 4-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
XOP / eXtended Operations+-
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading-+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Unlocked multiplier+-
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD 2000
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)29.921.3
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD FX-8350" or "Intel Core i3-2130" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a partial set of AMD FX-8350 and Intel Core i3-2130 benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on ASUS Sabertooth 990FX motherboard with 4GB dual-channel Crucial BallistixPC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) memory, and MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI Radeon). The latter processor was tested on ASUS P8P67 motherboard, that had 2 GB dual-channel Corsair TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3 memory, and MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI Radeon) graphics. For different system configurations please see tests of FX-8350 and Intel Core i3-2130 CPUs in our benchmark database.

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


FX-8350 vs Intel Core i3-2130 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.


    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
100%
98.6%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
72.1%

FLAC encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted by a single CPU core from WAV to FLAC format using the best possible compression.
100%
89.9%

H.264 video encoding - single process benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by one CPU thread from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using high quality settings.
100%
98.7%

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
100%
76.8%

    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
83.4%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
52.8%

XVid video encoding - single process benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by a single CPU core from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
98.1%


FX-8350 vs Intel Core i3-2130 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.


    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

3DMark06 CPU score benchmark

Estimates processor performance based on how fast it runs such CPU-intensive code as game logic, physics and pathfinding AI. The test requires DirectX 9.0.
100%
61.5%

Apache web server - dynamic pages benchmark

Shows an average number of dynamic HTML pages served per second by local instance of Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
67.0%

Apache web server - static pages benchmark

Shows an average number of very simple static HTML pages served per second by local Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
66.9%

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
100%
47.8%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
60.0%

    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
60.0%

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

Runs Fibonacci, Napierian, Eratosthenes and QuickSort integer performance tests on all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
100%
86.5%

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

Executes MikoFPU, RandMeanSS, FFT and Mandelbrot FPU-dependent tests using all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
100%
94.5%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
58.0%

FLAC encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted from WAV to FLAC format by all CPU cores using the best possible compression.
100%
44.2%

    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

100%
50.6%

H.264 video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using single-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
42.3%

H.264 video encoding - multithreaded benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using multi-threading system calls, dual-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
49.6%

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
100%
53.3%

PCMark05 CPU score benchmark

100%
96.8%

    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

PCMark05 score benchmark

100%
97.8%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
51.1%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
55.1%

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
32.1%

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
86.4%

    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
66.6%

XVid video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by all CPU cores from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
41.0%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
56.7%


FX-8350 vs Intel Core i3-2130 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.


    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
100%
99.2%

3DMark06 3DMark score benchmark

Measures 3D graphics and game performance of CPU/GPU combination by running 4 game simulations, that make extensive use of DirectX 9.0/9.0C capabilities.
100%
93.8%

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
100%
87.0%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
97.9%

PCMark05 Graphics score benchmark

100%
99.2%


FX-8350 vs Intel Core i3-2130 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.


    AMD FX-8350           Intel Core i3-2130

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
84.5%

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

Evaluates Read, Write, Read/Write and Cache memory bandwidth score. The final result is the sum of measured results.
100%
91.0%

PCMark05 Memory score benchmark

100%
93.6%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
89.0%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
59.8%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD FX-8350 and Intel Core i3-2130 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPU FamilyFX-SeriesCore i3
Model / Processor NumberFX-8350i3-2130
Frequency4013 MHz3411 MHz
CWID version0.4
Part numberFD8350FRW8KHKCM8062301043904
S-Spec / Stepping CodeFA 1236PGNSR05W
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-Core Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2130 CPU @ 3.40GHz
Cores82
Compute units4 
Logical processors84
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingOR-C0 
CPUID signature600F20206A7
Family21 (015h) 6 (06h)
Model 2 (02h)42 (02Ah)
Stepping 0 (00h) 7 (07h)
SocketAM3+ 
TLB/Cache details 64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity4-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1 
L1 data: Size8 x 16 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments1 cache per 2 coresDirect-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1 
L1 instruction: Size4 x 64 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments1 cache per 2 coresNon-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1 
L2: Size4 x 2 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity64-way set associative12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size64 bytes
L3: Lines per tag1 
L3: Size8 MB3 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
AES+-
AMD extensions to MMX+-
AVX+
BMI1+-
F16C+-
FMA+-
FMA4+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSE4A+-
SSSE3+
TBM+-
XOP+-
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+-
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RDTSCP+
SKINIT/STGI support+-
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE/XRESTORE states+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Hyper-Threading Technology-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+-
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+-
Turbo Core+-
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+-
100MHz multiplier control+-
128-bit SSE instructions+-
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store-+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store-+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+-
Debug store-+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability-+
Extended APIC space+-
FXSAVE/FXRSTOR optimizations+-
Hardware P-state control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
Instruction based sampling+-
LAHF/SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LBR virtualization+-
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Lightweight profiling support+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Misaligned SSE mode+-
Model-specific registers+
Nested page tables+-
OS visible workaround+-
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Support for NRIP save+-
THERMTRIP+-
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+-
Thermal monitor-+
Thermal monitor 2-+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities-+
Time stamp counter+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
Translation Cache Extension+-
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
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