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AMD FX-8150 Vs Core i5-2500K from Intel

AMD has priced the FX-8150 moderately high at $239 ( as per the latest price from newegg) at which it competes with Intel’s highly popular and best selling Core i5-2500K.

– The performance of the two processor is comparable and one can beat the other depending upon the particular application being run. The FX-8150 has eight cores and is better when all 8 cores are used up.

– The FX-8150 has higher base and turbo clock frequency. Both processors can be overclocked.
– The FX-8150 does not come with integrated GPU while the Core i5-2500K has Intel HD Graphics 3000. The integrated graphics in the Core i5-2500K is not great as far as playing high end games is concerned. But if you are not into gaming and just need smooth display , the HD Graphics 3000 is not bad at all. It saves you few bucks on the graphics card.

Table : AMD FX-8150 Vs Core i5-2500K Feature Differences

Feature AMD FX-8150 Core i5-2500K
Core Frequency 3.60 GHz 3.3 GHz
No. Of Cores 8 4 ( 4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 4 x 2MB L2 and Upto 8 MB L3 6 MB Intel Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency 4.20 GHz ( 4 Cores), 3.90 GHz ( 8 Cores) 3.7 GHz
TDP Rating 125 Watts 95 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1866 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics None Yes, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.1 GHz

Table : AMD FX-8150 Vs Core i5-2500K Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks AMD FX-8150 Core i5-2500K
PassMark CPU Mark Score
8214 6818
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
Not available Not available
3D Mark 06 CPU

5900 6101
Windows 7 Experience Score
Not available 7.6

Some more details of AMD FX-8150

The AMD’s FX-8150 is an 8 Core bulldozer processor that will perform great, especially in cases where all 8 of its core can be put into use. It supports Turbo boost and can be overclocked. The bulldoze architecture is based upon modules – with each module having two integer cores. Each of these two core have their own L1 Data Cache.

Some more details of Core i5-2500K

The core i5-2500K is the overclockable version of the core i5-2500. It belongs to the second generation Core i5 processor, more popularly known as the Sandy bridge Processor. There have been several improvement over the previous generation core i5 processor, most notable among them is the improvement in the integrated graphics ( x2 performance improvement). The new Turbo 2.0 further boosts the performance. In the lithography improvement the we now have a unified 32 nm die having everything on a single die. The higher passmark score of core i5-2500K with respect to the core i5-2500 only indicates that more samples sent the overclocked 2500K scores


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