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Testbed and Methods

This test session is focused on AMD’s FX 9000 series processors:


AMD FX-9590 Black Edition


AMD FX-9370 Black Edition

We will compare them with their direct opponents (in AMD’s opinion): Core i7-4770K and Core i5-4670K. These Haswell-based CPUs come at similar prices as AMD’s CPUs. Besides them, we also include the previous flagship Socket AM3+ processor AMD FX-8350.

Here is a full list of hardware components we will use for our test session:

  • CPUs:
    • AMD FX-9590 (Vishera, 8 cores, 4.7-5.0 GHz, 4x2MB L2, 8MB L3)
    • AMD FX-9370 (Vishera, 8 cores, 4.4-4.7 GHz, 4x2MB L2, 8MB L3)
    • AMD FX-8350 (Vishera, 8 cores, 4.0-4.2 GHz, 4x2MB L2, 8MB L3)
    • Intel Core i7-4770K (Haswell, 4 cores + HT, 3.5-3.9 GHz, 4x256KB L2, 8MB L3)
    • Intel Core i5-4670K (Haswell, 4 cores, 3.4-3.8 GHz, 4x256KB L2, 6MB L3)
  • CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U14S
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 (Socket AM3+, AMD 990FX + SB950)
    • Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (LGA1150, Intel Z87 Express)
  • System memory: 2x8GB G.Skill [TridentX] F3-2133C9D-16GTX DDR3-2133 SDRAM (9-11-11-31)
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti (3 GB/384-bit GDDR5, 876-928/7000 MHz)
  • Storage: Intel SSD 520 240GB (SSDSC2CW240A3K5)
  • Power supply: Corsair AX760i (80 Plus Platinum, 760 W)

We carry our tests out in Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 with the following drivers:

  • AMD Chipset Drivers 13.12
  • Intel Chipset Driver 9.4.0.1027
  • Intel Management Engine Driver 9.0.2.1345
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 12.9.0.1001
  • NVIDIA GeForce Driver 332.21
 
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