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.
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
|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.
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.
|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
|Intel Core i5-4460||95|
X264 10bit to 8bit conversion was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.
|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 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.
|Estimated Actual Draw||177|
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.