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The AMD FX-8150 Black Edition features a base frequency of 3.6GHz with a Turbo Core clock of 3.9GHz and a Max Turbo speed of 4.2GHz. AMD's Turbo Core technology has been enhanced for FX processors to include a new mode that boosts all Cores when there's enough thermal headroom. This allows new highly threaded scenarios to take advantage of the extra frequency.
Modular and versatile architecture.
Great performance in multithreaded applications.
Great overclocking potential.
Eight cores fully unlocked.
Decent stock ad Turbo speeds.
Runs cool at stock speeds.
Cheap entry point.
Officially supports 4GHzplus turbo speeds and DDR31866 memory.
An FX system has 42 PCIE lanes as opposed to the 24 lanes of a Sandy Bridge system.
990FX chipset supports NVIDIA SLI.
Excellent multithreaded performance.
Elegant modular architecture.
General performance below expectations.
High power consumption under load, compared to Intel's chips.
Not the best choice for hardcore gamers.
Outperformed by Intel offering.
Runs very hot during overclock.
Not much software in the market optimized for eight cores.
Requires a new Socket AM3 motherboard.
Single core performance has remained static.
Full performance requires Windows 8 system and applications that use its new instructions.
Performance In Single Threaded Apps Not On Par With Multithreaded.
Not as fast as Thuban (1100T) in lightload apps.
Underload powerdraw not ideal.
Arguably still behind Intel's SB as an all-round chip.
Slower than cheaper chips in tests with single-threaded apps; new AM3+ socket demands new motherboard.
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