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Powerful multi threaded performance, at a wallet friendly price
on 22 April 2014
I've built a few rigs based on this processor (I use an FX6300 myself)
This is the one to go for if you want an FX 8 core CPU. The FX8350 is clocked higher and costs more, but as the multiplier is unlocked on all the FX cpu's you can simply increase the multiplier on the motherboard and match the clock speed of the 8350.
The FX8320 offers potent and improved performance over the bulldozer chips, in some cases quite a bit better than expected. Single threaded performance is better, but where you really feel the extra power is in intensive applications such as rendering and video encoding work. This is the ideal processor for heavy lifting tasks that require more cores.
Quick good and bad points
+ Outstanding bang per buck
+ Excellent multi threaded performance, quite stunning in some applications (esp video work)
+ Improved single threaded over bulldozer
+ Great potential for overclocking
+ Newer instructions: Support for AVX1.1, FMA3, F16C, Bit Manipulation and Trailing Bit Manipulation instructions
+ Turbo core 3.0 improved over previous version
+ Full 8MB lv 2 and lv3 cache
- Power hungry with heavy overclocking
- Stock cooler too small, even if you're not overclocking get something better (like a coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - one example lots of choices) and is too noisy
- Would prefer 95w v 125w
- Mixed performance in some applications, it's very strong for video (punches well above it's price v the Intel equivalents), in some applications it's not as good as an i5
The newer "piledriver" offers some enhancements over the first generation
Improved FPU and integer scheduling, and better branch prediction and pre-fetching. This accounts for improved performance in both single and multi threaded applications.
The 8320 consistently out performs the older AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz, despite a slightly slower clock speed across the board hands down by around 15-20% in some cases.
Gaming is good with the 8320 and can be improved even further with moderate overclocking (just about all newer games are heavily threaded so this will be just fine for gaming rigs, put the cash saved on the CPU towards a good graphics card)
The 8320 scored a solid 8240 on passmark (without overclocking) that's a strong performance
For AM3+ users with a quad core Phenom II x4 this is a big upgrade in every way, and I feel it's a solid upgrade for Phenom II x6 users too (depending on which model you have)
Whilst the Vishera processors (piledriver) processors have been out a while now, the prices are good across the board. In terms of value for money and getting good performance for a modest outlay, the FX- 8320 is a good buy. If you don't need the full 4 modules/8 cores the FX6300 is another good bet at a lower price.
For overclockers the 8320 is a great buy, and it's beastly performance in some applications makes it a good value choice for video encoding (it's very fast here) also does very well for photo work (lightroom is multi threaded and this runs great with that software)
Just make sure you order a CPU cooler to go with this. There are faster processors out there, but this is likely fast enough for most (it really does cut through even intensive applications very quickly) at the asking price it's really hard to beat