AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 vs Intel Core i5 2500K 8-Core Gaming Benchmarks Linus Tech Tips

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Check out the 1080p gaming performance of the Bulldozer FX against its closest rival from the Intel side: The 2500K!

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I can honestly say that the 2500K aged much more gracefully than the FX-8150, as now an overclocked i5-2500K has better single core performance than an i7-6700k, of course while overclocked to 4.4GHZ. The IPC was great on Sandy and complete bullshit on Bulldozer, the Bulldozer is still great for low to mid end gaming with maybe an RX 460/GTX 950 but above that, the Sandy completly ruins it.

Author — Rinkk

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thanks for the answer, i check the AMD processor and is suppose to be better in all specs, but i heard it brokes so fast

Author — Red Shock Inc

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i want to use my pc for video edition (Maya, After Effects, Sony Vegas, Photoshop, etc), can somebody tells me if the AMD 8150or this Intel i5 2500K is better? cause im a lot confused :S (dont know too much about PCs motherboards, and all that stuff)

Author — Red Shock Inc

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Very good platform comparison. Thank you! Will upgrade my Athlon ii x4 620 to Fx 8150 and my Radeon 5770 to Radeon 7970. I have Ga970a-ud3 AM3+ and it has only 4x second PCIe but i knew from your tips that there is only minor performance loss due to 4x PCIe slot. Thank you for your interesting tips!

Author — Gelucci

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Makes me feel more comfortable about my fx8120 desktop I ordered, from the information I've gathered it should perform the same as the 8150 with just a very slight OC. Thanks for the benchmarks :)

Author — Cody Lambert

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I came back here after the i9 11900k release.

Author — Vogonp 42

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Hi! Thanks for great videos. I like them all. Just a comment:
You say the Z68 motherboards are more expensive, but thats not the case. You can buy a board like the Gitabyte Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 (which you even did a review on?) very cheaply and get a nice gaming rig.

Another thing to note why the 8150 is getting so much critique is because it deosnt outpreform a 2500K which i would say is a older CPU now and then 8150 is even more expensive. It might only be better for multithreads

Author — Chillypuwn

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id really like to know how each of the chips perform on a high stable air cooled overclock... i feel that would probably be the best comparison between the FX Series and the 2500k. From what ive read the all FX series can be overclocked stable @ 4.6 - 4.8ghz and the 2500k up to 5.0ghz. I say this because most enthusiasts i feel that have the FX are going to overclock anyways.. Itd just be nice to see results based on that perspective.

Author — machineheadminot

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After some experience with the 8150, I have to say that although it may not be a 'dyno queen'.. it is definitely not a bad chip... especially if you are heavy into virtualization and encryption. In fact, the 8150 is sid vicious when it comes to VMs and produces a bang for the buck that you will not find in the Intel camp. Not a 'fanboy' here but I've always supported the underdog and will continue to do so.

Author — SirtubalotTX

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2:15 Wth, is that an anti-static couch? -___-

Author — Divine

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Honestly speaking, when compared to a Phenom II x4 955, the performance difference isn't worth it in terms of gaming. If going for a fx-8150, getting the x4 955 would pretty much perform the same, while being significantly cheaper. I think that's the main drawback of the bulldozer and the previous generation 6-core series.

@sammy43434 Trouble is, since it's sharing resources between cores, the per core performance falls quite a bit. The 2600k which is slightly more, still has the advantage.

Author — christoiMc

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2600k is more exprensive, but outperforms the others in video editing, rendering and so on. In games, its not much different than the 2500K.

Author — Gabriel Bucur

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Agreed! So AMD needs to step it up and make a processor worth $300+ to compete with Intel

Author — michael

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Thanks for the upload, theres so much hype its hard to tell what the real deal is! 8120 looks solid though, especially for the price

Author — LoopyNinjaTank

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OMG the AMD guys!!! the console octacores mean nothing to pc gaming, and if the i5 is better than a fx now, it will be better next year. When octacores become a thing in pc gaming Ivy and piledriver will be old news. Sorry for my english...

Author — Jose ns

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I completely agree with you on that, I need a new build for myself ( I have an athlon x4 640) and AMD did not cross my mind, piledriver is coming so I'll wait a little and see how it performs, I have high hopes for it, but this generation is off the table...

Author — Allan Trojan

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All reviews, stats, comparisons and every bit of research I have been able to find since they went public, the 8150 is a upgrade on ghz performance, but realistic use, the 1100T Black edition will still surpass. Both will typically be buried by the i7 but the cost difference makes it worth it to get the 1100t or the 8150 on a budget build or for those that dont have the $5k+ to go all Intel.
Basically, 8150 or 1100t for lower cost builds, i7 for all-out performance ignoring costs.

Author — Deviated09

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I almost went with an FX-8150 for my build, but then I decided to go for a 3930k. I think I'll be happy with my decision once it gets here :)

Author — Andrew Hampshire

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I'm considering getting a 8350 to replace my 1090T. From what I've heard, it's supposed to be on par with an i7-2600K.

Author — christopher9000p

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I do not care what the render core i5, the 8150 is much better but watch it working on windows 8, the core i5 is mono task and multitasking Buldozzer 8150 is, it has nothing to do poor against AMD core i5 8150, simply crushes and I speak from experience, I have it and it is a beast, everything else is bullshit LIVE AMD!

Author — Nicolas Clair