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General Performance

As usual, we use Bapco SYSmark 2012 suite to estimate the processor performance in general-purpose tasks. It emulates the usage models in popular office and digital content creation and processing applications. The idea behind this test is fairly simple: it produces a single score characterizing the average computer performance.

Compared with the predecessor, AMD FX-8350 does very well here: it is 18% faster. As a result, the new AMD processor competes against the junior models of Intel Core i5 with Ivy Bridge design. However, I have to remind you that AMD’s strengths become more obvious during multi-threaded loads, so the relative performance of the eight-core Vishera may differ as we move from one application to another.

Let’s take a closer look at the performance scores SYSmark 2012 generates in different usage scenarios. Office Productivity scenario emulates typical office tasks, such as text editing, electronic tables processing, email and Internet surfing. This scenario uses the following applications: ABBYY FineReader Pro 10.0, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Word 2010 and WinZip Pro 14.5.

Media Creation scenario emulates the creation of a video clip using previously taken digital images and videos. Here they use popular Adobe suites: Photoshop CS5 Extended, Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5.

Web Development is a scenario emulating web-site designing. It uses the following applications: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.

Data/Financial Analysis scenario is devoted to statistical analysis and prediction of market trends performed in Microsoft Excel 2010.

3D Modeling scenario is fully dedicated to 3D objects and rendering of static and dynamic scenes using Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Autodesk 3ds Max 2011, Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 and Google SketchUp Pro 8.

The last scenario called System Management creates backups and installs software and updates. It involves several different versions of Mozilla Firefox Installer and WinZip Pro 14.5.

The new AMD processor yields to Intel Core i5 CPUs in typical office applications, during HD video content creation and processing and in system tasks. It is quite logical: specific performance of the paired AMD cores is not too high, so if the load is not split into eight equal parallel threads, then there is no way FX-8350 or FX-8150 demonstrate high results. However, Vishera processor can do just as good as the top Core i5 from the Ivy Bridge generation when working on heavy calculations, like statistical analysis of large data arrays or in 3D modeling tasks. Overall, AMD FX-8350 performance proves to be quite adequate to its price in the general purpose tasks and applications.

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