AMD FX-8320E Review

AMD FX-8320E Review

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@Micael Samuelsson

 

When AMD tells you that they are sending over a new CPU you are excited and looking forward to testing it, I still remeber the first time I opened up an AMD CPU with 64 bit architecture when it first arrived and could not wait to start using it more..  So the big question is how well does the FX-8320E stand up? Let’s take a look at it since that’s the version that AMD sent me.

Worth noting that the “E” in FX-8320 indicates that it is a low powered CPU.  It is an affordable CPU with eight cores for 125 US Dollars/139 Euros but the big question is how well does it work?  It has a base clock of 3200 MHz but with turbo it can go upwards to 4000 MHz..  This is something which makes the FX series a real  technical beast with:

  • 32nm Vishera 95W
  • 8MB L3 Cache
  • 4 x 2MB L2 Cache

Cost of saving?

So what is good with the FX-8320E then?  At just 125 US Dollars/ 139 Euros it is the cheapest eight core CPU on the market. In that context it does look a lot more exciting then the others.  It is certainly a good upgrade for people who are an older AM3+ CPU..  Since it is an AMD CPU you won’t have any limits neither if you want to overclock the CPU too (think it’s Intel K-Series CPU that has a limit on overclocking?)..

I have tried to to overclock it and can say that at 4 Ghz it worked fine, while I tried to overclock it more I found that it could be a little cranky but with a couple of voltage tweaks I found tat it worked fine for me…  When I went to down to “just” 4Ghz I did not have any issues with using the CPU.  If you want to overclock it make certain that you know what your doing otherwise you might not get the performance that you want to.

So far I can recommend it both to people that are upgrading from older CPU:s and for people who want to have a new computer. Tough if you have the budget Intel has some options where you can get more power in a smaller package.  The only downside that I see so far with the AMD setup is the lack of USB 3.0 and PCIE 3.0 support.

What I like 

So far I have not found anything that I do not like so far with it… If you overclock it it over 4GHZ you get the same power such as the FX8350.  If your looking for a CPU for a good gaming setup this is something that you have to look into..

What I do not like

No native support for PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.0 could be an issue because manufacturers have to bring in third party drivers which could affect performance for users…

Verdict

If your on a budget and looking for a CPU that offers both potential and power I would say go with the FX-8320E. This is not something that you can go wrong with.

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