As you know, it is the graphics subsystem that determines the performance of the entire platform equipped with pretty high-speed processors in the majority of contemporary games. Therefore, we do our best to make sure that the graphics card is not loaded too heavily during the test session: we select the most CPU-dependent tests and all tests are performed without antialiasing and in far not the highest screen resolutions. In other words, obtained results allow us to analyze not that much the fps rate that can be achieved in systems equipped with contemporary graphics accelerators, but rather how well contemporary processors can cope with gaming workload. Therefore, the results help us determine how the tested CPUs will behave in the nearest future, when new faster graphics card models will be widely available.
The gaming performance of the Bulldozer processors was an indisputable catastrophe. The AMD’s design of choice with a large number of paired cores didn’t do well in old and new games, which resulted into a truly dramatic gap between the AMD FX-8150 and Intel Core i5 processors. We didn’t expect any serious changes in this aspect from the new Piledriver microarchitecture, because it uses the same basic design principles. Nevertheless, the implemented improvements as well as increased clock frequency did boost the fps rate quite noticeably. However, it is still not enough. Intel’s Core i5 remain the best gaming processors with a pretty significant performance advantage. In other words, we continue to claim that contemporary gaming systems shouldn’t be built on Socket AM3+ platforms.
In addition to our gaming tests we would also like to offer you the results of the Futuremark 3DMark11 benchmark (Performance profile):
The situation here is a little more cheerful. AMD FX-8350 is over 4% faster than its predecessor in total score, and over 15% faster in physical modeling speed. As a result, the new AMD processor demonstrates the level of performance comparable to that of Core i5-3470. However, do not forget that 3DMark 11 is a benchmark with excellent multi-threading support.