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AMD FX-8150 vs Intel Core i7-3970X

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AMD FX-8150 advantages



AMD FX-8150
  • More CPU cores on the AMD FX-8150 help to tackle multiple tasks or heavily multi-threaded programs.
  • The FX-8150 offers higher operating frequency than the Core i7-3970X microprocessor.
  • The AMD FX-8150 includes XOP instructions, introduced in the recent past. While these extensions are not broadly used by applications yet, this should improve in future apps.
  • The processor supports FMA4 instruction set extension. The FMA4 technology is only offered on AMD processors, and it may not get broad support from software vendors.
  • The AMD FX-8150 microprocessor is 17% more energy efficient.
  • The official price of the AMD FX-8150 is considerably lower than the price of the Core i7-3970X CPU.

Intel Core i7-3970X advantages



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  • The Core i7-3970X incorporates Hyper-Threading feature, which allows this microprocessor to process twice as many threads.

FX-8150 vs i7-3970X specifications comparison

The graphs below show the difference between Core i7-3970X and FX-8150 most important characteristics. These features, together with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a processor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph displays the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph corresponds to the number of additional threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for extra frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
20
16
12
8
4
0
 
 
8
 
12
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4.2GHz
 
4GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
20
16
12
8
4
0
 
 
16MB
 
16.5MB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
200
160
120
80
40
0
 
 
125W
 
150W
 
 
Lower is better
Current official price
1100
880
660
440
220
0
 
 
$183
 
$999
 
 
Lower is better
 

  - AMD FX-8150       - Intel Core i7-3970X

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD FX-8150 vs i7-3970X specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

FX-8150 Core i7-3970X
General recommendations:
More cores for better multi-threading performance,
Clocked higher,
Features XOP instructions,
Needs less power,
Much lower official price
  General recommendations:
Can handle more threads at once

Drawbacks:

Cannot execute as many threads at once
 

Drawbacks:

Has fewer CPU cores,
Clocked lower,
Lacks some instructions,
Higher power,
Considerably more expensive

Similar processors

FX-8150 Core i7-3970X
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as FX-8150 and Intel i7-3970X.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD FX-8150 and Intel Core i7-3970X pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD FX-8150Intel Core i7-3970X
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyFX-SeriesCore i7 Extreme Edition
Basic details
Model numberFX-8150i7-3970X
CPU part numberFD8150FRW8KGUCM8061901281201
Box part numberFD8150FRGUBOX
FD8150FRGUWOX
BX80619I73970X
Introduction dateOctober 12, 2011November 12, 2012
Current official price$183 (as of Apr 2014)$999 (as of May 2014)
 
CPU features
Core nameZambeziSandy Bridge-E
Platform nameScorpius 
MicroarchitectureBulldozerSandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM3+Socket 2011
Frequency (MHz)36003500
Turbo Frequency (MHz)4200 / 39004000
Bus speed (MHz)2600 (HT/QPI) 
Clock Multiplier 35
L1 cache256 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)192 KB (code) / 192 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)81921536
L3 cache (KB)819215360
Max temperature (°C)6166.8
TDP (Watt)125150
Core voltage (V) 0.6 - 1.35
Cores86
Threads812
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
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 TypeNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels24
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)29.951.2
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