The AMD FX-8000 series processor, old stuff but still pretty neat. I’m an FX-8350 user myself, with the processor powering my super aged work rig.

AMD FX-8370 (Vishera) 8-Core Processor Review 1

What I don’t understand about AMD is how they can come up with new processor models with no significant change and slap it a new model number, I reviewed the FX-8350 back in 2013 and we’re looking at pretty much the same thing today.

The good news is that the FX-8370 comes bundled with AMD Wraith Cooler, the bad news is that the AMD FX-8370’s performance is nothing new.

Processor Details, Test Setup & Overclocking

AMD FX-8370 (Vishera) 8-Core Processor Review 2

Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1
RAM Avexir Blitz 1.1 8GB kit 2x 4GB DDR3 1600
Graphic Card ASUS R7 250
Power Supply Cooler Master V850
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

Try as I may, I wasn’t able to clock it any higher even though I pumped the maximum voltage available on the motherboard.

Benchmarks

The following are the test results.

x264 – 10bit to 8bit Video Conversion

The source video is a 720p MKV file that is 90 seconds in duration. x264 settings at the slowest.

Processor Time Taken
(Seconds)
AMD FX-8370 212
AMD FX-8350 228
AMD FX-9370 200
AMD FX-9590 185
Intel Core i5-4460 232

The overclock gave the Pentium a significant boost in performance but it’s still no where near the capability of a Core i3 with 2C / 4T.

ASUS RealBench H.264

Default settings

Processor Time Taken
(Seconds)
AMD FX-8370 89
AMD FX-8350 93
AMD FX-9370 84
AMD FX-9590 79
Intel Core i5-4460 95

Temperature

X264 10bit to 8bit conversion was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

Processor Idle(°C) Load (°C)
AMD FX-8370 with Wraith Cooler (Auto) 31 67
AMD FX-8370 with Wraith Cooler (Max) 31 64
AMD FX-8370 with Wraith Cooler (Half) 32 79

The FX-8370 comes with Wraith Cooler and as you can see it is possible to run it at half fan speed to keep it silent, on AUTO mode (set in BIOS) the FAN does reach moderate loudness as it attempts to keep the processor cool.

Power Consumption

Power Consumption measurement is based on readings taken from watt-meter. Power consumption is based on entire system, comprising of the processor, a motherboard, 2 sticks of RAM and 1 fan for cooling purpose. For this setup, the power consumption is inclusive of the R7 250 graphics card. Estimated actual draw is calculated based on 90% power efficiency of PSU, and deducting an approximate of 15W for GPU, SSD and cooling fan.

Condition Peak (W)
Idle 50
Video Conversion 214
Estimated Actual Draw
177

The Verdict

The AMD FX-8370 retails at RM 880, comes bundled with Wraith Cooler while the non-Wraith cooler bundle retails at RM 830.

While I’m not impressed by the slight performance gain that the FX-8370 has over the FX-8350, I whole-heartedly recommend the FX-8370 with Wraith Cooler bundle if you’re looking for an affordable 8-core setup, works great when paired with an affordable AMD 970 chipset motherboard.

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