StreetFighter IV Benchmark
1920 X 1080 => 270.63 FPS
Above is the performance of three kinds of 3D software under 4.7GHz, which is also affected by the CPU performance.
Regarding the 3D scores, it is 10% less than that of 2500K OC 5GHz. It needs to be further improved in the future AMD architecture.
990FX provides the bandwidth of ATI CrossFireX X16+X16, which can get better performance than the dual-VGA of the same specification.
External frequency of FX-8120 also gets good performance. If you want to increase the DDR3 performance more, the most direct way is to increase the CPU external frequency.
In this way, it can probably reach the level of DDR3 2000~2200.
CPU 262 X 18 => 4716MHz
DDR3 2096 CL10 11-10-27 1T
ADIA64 Memory Read - 14914 MB/s
Sandra Memory Bandwidth - 19369MB/s
MaXXMEM Memory-Copy - 15013MB/s
The external frequency of FX-8120 can be stable around 255MHz. CPU external frequency within the overclocking range also performs well.
After increasing DDR3, it can almost reach 15000 MB/s in AIDA64 Memory Read.
Compared with the previous AMD platforms, the bandwidth performance when overclocking is increased by about 40~50%, which is also one of the greatest feature for this new platform.
Super PI 32M X 1 => 16m 49.743s
CPUMARK 99 => 554
5GHz is not easy to reach for FX-8120, even if the heat dissipation system is enhanced.
The key is whether the physical quality of the CPU is excellent or not. Generally, it can reach almost 4.8~4.9GHz, thereby making operating system (0S) run smoothly.
Although reaching 5GHz in OS, it can’t be stabilized, which can be only reached under single PI and 32M.
If it requires running 8 PIs simultaneously, it can’t be reached even if it is 1M.
That’s why the overclocking should consider whether each core of the multiple cores has the same excellent physical quality.
BIOSTAR TA990FXE uses the AMD’s most advanced 990FX integrated with SB950 chipset.
The price in U.S. is about US$115(no more than NT$3,500), which is affordable to most people.
The performance is also one of the major features of BIOSTAR, which gets good performance in the test after overclocking.
Moreover, 990FX has the advantage of dual-X16 and built-in native SATA3 and USB 3.0, which is quite advanced in the hardware specification.
1. The package and materials are both above the level, and the price is still fair among 990FX series.
2. Its BIOS has been integrated with UEFI interfaces, with rich options, and a large voltage range as well as excellent overclocking capability.
3. It includes Japanese solid capacitors, built-in POWER/RESET buttons and simple debug LEDs.
4. It adopts Atheros AR8151 network chip, which is a renowned brand among the network chip brands.
5.It has the built-in and native SATA3 and USB 3.0，and provides two PCI-E X16s and conventional PCIs for extension.
1. CPU voltage is fluctuated greatly when system is standby and at full speed.
2. BIOSTAR has no distribution channel in Taiwan.
Performance ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Material ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Specification ratio ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
Appearance ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Performance vs. Price ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆
In AMD’s Bulldozer platform, we can see the improvement brought by the new architecture, and the shortcomings as well.
The advantage is that AMD integrates new 32nm process, and launches the 8-Cores design in the common PC consumption market for the first time.
When FX-8120 is not in the overclcoking state, the power consumption and temperature both get good performance.
The overclocking degree also pushes the AMD CPU and DDR3 clock to higher field, and the DDR3 performance is improved greatly as well.
The shortcoming is the price which made AMD proud all the time. This time FX-8120/8150 will make the consumer feel some kind of expensive.
The single-core performance is a little bit lower than that of 1090T, so are the multi-task performances of some software.
When overclocking FX-8120 to 4.3GHz or higher, the temperature and power consumption amount will increase a lot.
These three aspects should be strengthened by AMD to increase the efficiency under multi-task environment through architecture optimization, BIOS modification or software support.
I think many AMD fans have been waiting for Bulldozer architecture for more than one year,
who can only know the 8-core performance from the hearsay news on the Internet or the test information revealed by media abroad during this period.
In this article, windwithme spent nearly two weeks to make calibration for overclocking.
Initially, I hoped it could reach the level of stable burning by 4.6GHz or higher to present the best performance of FX-8120. However, it didn’t make it, which is pitiful.
Bulldozer brings about surprises and some disappointment. Personally, I think the disappointment is more than surprises.
When writing this article, I got some complicated feelings. Maybe it is because I still have the passion of pursuing K7 high C/P and K8 high-performance CPU.
When can we see the unsurpassed magnificence of AMD when the performance of K8 Athlon 64 3000+/3200+ was overwhelming on the market again?
When will AMD make us crazy about it again, and make some new-era architecture that is really perfect in overall aspects?
I still hope AMD can perform better in the medium- and high-order market in the future, and have the glorious period as before.
I believe that it is also the expectation of many consumers...