IntelBX80623I52500K
$246
AMDFD8350FRHKBOX
 $246 

4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.3GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

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8 Cores, 8 Threads @4.0GHz, Piledriver.
Release date: Q4 2012.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 323,458 user samples
100,706 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 82% Base clock 3.3 GHz
Worst Bench: 46% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 0.75 GHz (avg)
Poor: 46% Great: 82%
SPEED RANK: 177th / 1196
Gaming
Gaming 65%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 36%
Jet ski
222,752 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 56% Base clock 5.1 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 40% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 1.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 40% Great: 56%
SPEED RANK: 368th / 1196
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 50%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
64.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+32%
48.8 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
97.9 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+33%
73.7 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
193 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+35%
143 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
361 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+35%
268 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
369 Pts 456 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+24%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
372 Pts 463 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+24%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
121 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+46%
82.6 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
242 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+49%
162 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
474 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+52%
311 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
475 Pts 535 Pts Slightly faster OC octa-core speed.
+13%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
478 Pts 542 Pts Slightly faster OC 64-core speed.
+13%
Market Share
Based on 21,857,890 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.52 % 0.99 % Hugely higher market share.
+90%
Value
Value For Money
66.7 % Slightly better value.
+11%
60.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
109 % Much more popular.
+65%
66 %
Price
Price (score)
$246 $130 Much cheaper.
+47%
Age
Newest
106 Months 85 Months More recent.
+20%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts More energy efficient.
+24%
125 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 8 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 8 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 32 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.3 GHz 4 GHz Faster base frequency.
+21%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 4.2 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+14%
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge Piledriver
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 AM3+
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 None
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In terms of raw single-core performance the flagship AMD FX-8350 is lagging behind intel's processor line-up by over two generations. The PassMark Single Thread scores for the i5-2500K vs the FX-8350 are 1863 to 1520 which shows that in terms of raw per-core processing the FX-8350 is lagging the two year old i5 by 23%. Where the AMD FX makes up is on multi-core performance, with a score of 9156 vs 6745, the AMD leads the Intel 2500K by 36% making it the far more capable multi-threaded server orientated performer. The AMD is also cheaper but significantly more power hungry which counts strongly against it as a server proposition. The FX-8350 could be a good fit for specific server use cases but for general consumer use, which is single and dual core intensive, Intel's two year old i5-2500K delivers better performance. [May '13 CPUPro]

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