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The AMD FX-8150 Black edition is an 8 core processor that will blow you away, I was given this to test and unfortunately give back but for the time that I did have it my computer was unstoppable.
Let me get into a bit more technical detail, this is an 8 core processor which is of course double that of quad core. It has a clock speed of 3.6GHz and a turbo speed of 4.2GHz which is insanely fast; it uses an AM3+ socket which you will need to use to get full capabilities out of this CPU. The 3 levels of cache give you just over 16MB, not too bad and I doubt this will get full given the 8 cores will be racing through your processes like a freight train.
Removing this from the packaging was a delight; it was well boxed and well protected. It came with the relevant software that you need and a few installation booklets. When it came to installing the CPU into my computer all I had to do was line up the adjacent pins and place the processor in the socket, remembering to push the lever down to lock it into place and replacing the heat sink all systems were go.
Testing this I ran many programs all simultaneously and tried as I might to put this through its paces, even running star wars the old republic and modern warfare 3 the same time didn't faze it. The device ran smoothly and didn't fault once and for that I admire it, it didn't go above 55 degrees which isn't too bad considering the manual states that its max temperature is 61. After really pushing this CPU as far as I could and then some I have come to realise that I could do no damage to this component, now not many people will be pushing it as hard as I managed to all the time therefore you will find this more than reliable and satisfactory.
AMD have thrown in a few nice features in there as well here is a list:-
* Power Now Technology.
* Hyper Transport Technology.
* Integrated Memory Controller.
* AMD Virtualisation.
* AMD Turbo Core Technology.
What these features will do for you is keep your processor running at peak performance all of the time and the turbo core technology will boost speed when it's needed most. This is real proof that AMD have really gone all out with this one so you might now be asking how much all this will cost me.
All that aside let me tell you my thoughts on this product, it's a great product but for a little over £200 is it worth the purchase? To me not at the moment a few months down the line this maybe reduced and then I would think of purchasing it. For now this remains a dream as I see no reason to spend that amount of money when quad core processors for less than half the price will do just as good a job, at least to the average user it will seem like the same job but truth be told this will do it easier and therefore it will make it more reliable.
This sparks the next generation of 8 core processors and the only way is up it seems, Intel will surely want to better this with their own 8 core processor and when that does inevitably happen the price of this and other CPU's will only go down.