AMD 8350 & 7970 Gaming Rig Review
Published: 9th May 2013 | Source: AMD | Price: |
So at the beginning we wondered if the All AMD Rig could stack up against our Intel 2011 bench rig in gaming scenarios.
Firstly, and as a surprise to absolutely nobody, the benchmark results definitely don't perform well on the FX8350. On low resolution settings, or ones in which the CPU makes up a larger proportion such as the zero anti-aliasing tests, the AMD FX8350 lacks the oomph required to challenge the Intel setup. You only have to look at the minimum frame-rate in Unigine Heaven, or the relatively poor results in the Performance tests of 3D mark, to see that the CPU can't compete with the Intel.
However, when one processor costs £150 and the other £550, then benchmarks aren't really a cause for concern. One of the biggest differences between a high-end CPU and a mid-priced one is usually to be found in benchmarks but on the flip side these dont always directly link in to FPS scores.... So how do the gaming results stack up?
Extremely well. Throughout our testing, barring a couple of games, our AMD system was consistently just a shade below the vastly more expensive Intel setup. The two games that bookended the results were Far Cry 3, which performed probably the poorest of our titles, and Sleeping Dogs which gave an extremely good showing on the AMD setup (both AMD branded games).
All in all, if you want a gaming system, and one costing less than the equivalent Intel high-end arrangement, then finally AMD are capable of playing with the big boys again.
We're extremely pleased to see AMD fighting back after so long in the Intel shadow, with a great value, good performing, desirable gaming platform. Factor in their focus on free gaming titles with the Never Settle and Never Settle Reloaded promotions and their new found focus to games a whole with Far Cry 3, Crysis 3 and the yet to be released Battle Field 4 all AMD branded and its not hard to see that their focus is finally back where it matters. Its because of these last two reasons we have decided to give the AMD Gaming experience as a whole the OC3D Gamer Choice award.