Topic Title: AMD Kaveri APU (early 2014) vs 8350 FX for gaming?
Topic Summary: how does 2 steamroller modules compare to 4 piledriver modules in games?
Created On: 12/05/2013 12:55 AM
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 12/05/2013 12:55 AM
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Sammael
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I hope someone on theese forums has some insight.  I have been keeping tabs on AMD apus and gpus, of particular note, Mantle enabled games seem to be much less cpu bound.  There was word from someone that an 8350 downclocked to 2 GHz was still gpu bound on a 290 with mantle enabled.

 

Sounds great, but the new Kaveri APU will only have 4 cores to play with, even though those cores have higher ipc, will there be a material performance penalty by only have 4 steamroller cores vs 8 piledriver cores?

 

If yes, then the 8350 seems like the better option.  If no, then Kaveri seems like the better option.  It was mentioned that mantle enabled games allow for asynchronous gpu scaling, so the gpu in kaveri is additive with a dedicated GCN gpu(s) in the system.  If the cpu is not a bottleneck, then the fact that the APU can throw some gpu performance in on top of the cpu would mean it would be the superior gaming cpu.

 

But this is all speculation, I have no hard data, someone at AMD must know more, but will they say anything?

 12/17/2013 08:55 PM
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Of course they won't say anything but I can tell you this. With the new console games being an 8 core AMD CPU. I can tell you that 8350 should easily beat kavari in up coming game release's. 



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 12/26/2013 04:31 PM
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Originally posted by: Vantharas Of course they won't say anything but I can tell you this. With the new console games being an 8 core AMD CPU. I can tell you that 8350 should easily beat kavari in up coming game release's. 

 

 

I just ordered an 8350 a few days ago.  Hopefully amd is able to release a 4+ module based apu in the future.  Not sure when their partner fabs will be able to shrink their chips enough to accomplish that, but when they are able to, the APUs can replace the fx series on the high end without compromise.

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