Editors Liked

  • Improved performance and power consumption
  • Reasonably priced
  • Appreciable performance improvements with multicore-optimized software
  • Compatible with older AMD socket and motherboards
  • Eight cores and 5GHz on your desktop computer
  • Officially supports DDR31866 memory
  • Better performance than Intel on multithreaded tasks
  • An FX system has 38 usable PCIE lanes as opposed to the 24 lanes of a Sandy Bridge system
  • Piledriver CPU core design
  • Improved "Per Clock" performance
  • Compatible with existing AM3 products

Editors Didn't Like

  • Still lags Intel in important areas like gaming
  • Uses much more power than comparable Intel chips, which also have on-chip graphics
  • Single core performance still lags far behind Intel
  • Few programs use new FX instructions like fused multiply add
  • Same maximum TDP as previous products
  • Perhaps a bit late to the market
  • It still uses 32nm while Intel is on 22nm
  • Higher power consumption than Intel products
  • "Low" but adequate single threaded performance will not appeal to some