Summary: AMD Bulldozer is with us for months now, more than enough time has passed for the product to set into its market slot. Bulldozer and AMD did not live up to expectations, nor did they deliver a competitive desktop product which they very much need right now.
Pros: Modular and versatile architecture, Great performance in multithreaded applications, Great overclocking potential
Cons: General performance below expectations, and rival products, High power consumption under load, compared to Intel's chips, Not the best choice for hardcore gamers
Conclusion: AMD threatens to make a dent in Intel’s performance leadership with its FX-8150 CPU, the first to use the company’s completely redesigned Bulldozer core architecture, but stumbles in a few key areas.
Cons: Not always faster than competing Intel or AMD CPUs. Sluggish with single-threaded workloads. High power usage under load. No integrated graphics. May require new motherboard. Windows 8 required for some features.
Conclusion: Benchmark tests should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's difficult to try and isolate the performance difference a single component in a computer system makes, especially when it's necessary to compare across different manufacturers and platforms.
Pros: First consumer eight-core processor, Officially supports 4GHz-plus turbo speeds and DDR3-1866 memory, An FX system has 42 PCI-E lanes as opposed to the 24 lanes of a Sandy Bridge system, 990FX chipset supports NVIDIA SLI. Finally., AMD finally has a 32nm processor with good overclocking
Conclusion: This is the first time we've had the chance to put the new architecture to test and unfortunately it turned out to be a bit of a let-down. In multi-threaded applications the performance is good, and the chip does overclock very nicely, but for average gamer and home user majority of programs just...
Pros: Performance in highly threaded programs, Overclocking
Summary: We are taking the new AMD FX-8150 and giving it the power of Dual and Triple-SLI GeForce GTX 580 video cards. We are going to take the new CPU up to large NV Surround resolutions and see how performance stacks up when it comes to high-end gaming scenarios.
The AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer CPU and Scorpius (FX) Platform Reviewed – Part Two
2 November 2011
Summary: There has been a lot of talk on the Internet about lack luster performance and disappointed reviewers of the Bulldozer processor. I am personally not disappointed, but I am not impressed either. The "FX" moniker stood for the top performing chip of its time no matter how you sliced it.
Pros: New Instruction Sets, Great Multimedia and Computational Performance, Improved Memory Controller, SLI Support, Consistent Features Across all 900 Series Motherboards
Cons: New Instruction Sets, Great Multimedia and Computational Performance, Improved Memory Controller, SLI Support, Consistent Features Across all 900 Series Motherboards, Weak Single Thread Performance, Inconsistent Multi-Threaded Performance, Overall Performance does not Warrant "FX" title, Some 800...
Excerpt: Introduction The AMD FX series of processors are here. This is the first product line from AMD to use the new Bulldozer architecture, which you may remember from our Hot Chips coverage back in August 2010, when both Bulldozer and Bobcat were previewed to the world.
Summary: After the hectic week of testing this brand new 8 core CPU from Advanced Micro Design, it's time to go a bit deeper. In this review we are gonna retest the Bulldozer CPU versus it's main rivals. Being AMD's own Thuban 1090T, Intels 2600K and the almighty Gulftown 990X CPU.
AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer Tested - Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 Performance
26 October 2011
Summary: AMD talked a bit about benefits for 'Bulldozer' when paired with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. At the moment there is a Windows 8 Developer Preview available from Microsoft Dev Center.