Testing

To test the AMD processors we used the Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard which is based on the AMD 990FX chipset and Socket AM3+ CPU socket.

For the Intel LGA1155 processors, we used the Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z and for the LGA1366 processors, we used the Asus Sabertooth X58. All three motherboards have proved to be excellent overclockers, and yet cost a reasonable amount, so are great options for everyday PCs running overclocked CPUs.

AMD FX-8120 review Testing
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AMD FX-8150 Review AMD FX-8150 Test Setup

Test Setup
Software
Below is a list of the applications we've used for our testing - most of them are available free for public consumption, although some are popular professional software applications.
  • Shogun 2: Total War (due to a technical hitch we were unable to run our usual tests but we'll add them when can)
  • Arma II: Operation Arrowhead
  • WPrime v2.05
  • Our own Media Benchmarks v2007.235
  • Maxon Cinebench 11.5R (x64)

We've used Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.

In addition to our usual test results, we also dug out numbers for the Intel Core i3-2100 and Intel Core i5-2400 for our Media Benchmarks, Cinebench and WPrime tests to compare these against the FX-8120. Unfortunately we don't have game test data for these CPUs as we've updated our benchmarks and test systems since then

Test Hardware
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3GB graphics card (GeForce driver 280.26 WHQL)
  • 120GB Patriot Wildfire SSD
  • Enermax Revolution 85+ 1.05kW power supply
  • Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard motherboard
  • Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard
  • Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard
  • 4/6GB (3 x 2GB) Corsair 1,600MHz DDR3 memory (CL9)
  • Thermaltake Frio CPU cooler for AMD processors; Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro cooler for Intel LGA1155 processors and the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced for Intel LGA1366 processors.

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