AMD FX-9370 (Vishera) 8-Core Processor Review

3 years ago I reviewed the AMD FX-9590 and ever since then it has become the one and only processor that I deemed bad, and probably the worse processor I’ve ever used.

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Moving forward to year 2016 and we now have the FX-9370 that’s 300Mhz behind the FX-9590 and drains just as much power – READ : HOT!

There’s a reason why AMD states the following in their product page

*Featuring a 220 Watt TDP, the AMD FXâ„¢ 9000 Series processors have special system requirements including a robust liquid cooling system. For more information, see the AMD FXâ„¢ 9000 Series system requirements page. – SOURCE : AMD.

Processor Details & Test Setup

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MotherboardASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1
RAMAvexir Blitz 1.1 8GB kit 2x 4GB DDR3 1600
Graphic CardASUS R7 250
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking doesn’t seem to be this processor’s strong point, I couldn’t get it to go beyond the stock clock.

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.

ProcessorTime Taken
(Seconds)
AMD FX-9370200
AMD FX-9590185
Intel Core i5-4460232

ASUS RealBench H.264

Default settings

ProcessorTime Taken
(Seconds)
AMD FX-937084
AMD FX-959079
Intel Core i5-446095

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.

ConditionPeak (W)
Idle121
Video Conversion246
Estimated Actual Draw
206

Temperature

The FX-9370 doesn’t come with any stock cooler and with the power draw being like the FX-9590 you’ll need to get some power-house cooling, even the AMD Wraith cooler could barely handle the FX-9590 so you know what you can expect from the FX-9370.;

The Verdict

The AMD FX-9370 retails at $199.99, approximately RM 900. Looking at the price to performance ratio, it seems that the FX-9370 is just as good as the Intel Core i5-4460 but bear in mind that the i5-4460 comes with stock cooler, runs cool enough that it doesn’t even stress the stock cooler and doesn’t require high-end Intel motherboards while the FX-9370 on the other hand would work best on a board that can handle the power draw and on top of that you need to fork out for an aftermarket cooler and that blows up the cost even more.

So if you need the best FX processor in the market, that’s actually the AMD FX-8320E, solid processor that runs cool and works great out of the box. If you need one with BEST PERFORMANCE then you may go for the FX-9590 instead, what’s the point of having the FX-9370 that draws similar power and performing less?

The FX-9370 is now part of my “processors to avoid” list, and that makes a grand total of 2, and the FX-9370 now holds the crown of being the worst processor in my book.

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