AMD have beefed up their FX CPU lineup by supplanting some key products with new models. The FX 4300 we reviewed last week (and preferred the Core i3 3220 to it) will be replaced by the FX 4350, sold for about $10 more right now (I expect this to drop once the old model is cleared out). Furthermore, the FX 6300 which was part of the launch lineup will be replaced by the FX 6350.
Just what do these new models bring to the table? Higher clock speeds, as you’d expect, and in the case of the 4350, significantly more cache:
|Oct 23, 2012||3.8 / 4.0 GHz||4 / 4 MB||4 - 20x||95W|
|FX 4350||April 30, 2013||3.9 / 4.3 GHz||4 / 8 MB||4 - 21.5x||125W|
|Oct 23, 2012||3.5 / 4.1 GHz||6 / 8 MB||4 - 20.5x||95W|
|FX 6350||April 30, 2013||3.9 / 4.2 GHz||6 / 8 MB||4 - 21x||125W|
The jump from 4MB to 8MB will make a big difference in performance for the FX 4350 – especially in gaming. The beefed up turbo clock speed is welcome, but the subsequent TDP increase from 95W to 125W is not. You will want to cool these as well as you possibly can, especially if you plan on overclocking these.
While we didn’t really like the FX 4300 considering you can get an A10 5800K for the same price, which adds pretty good on-chip gaming performance, or the Core i3 3220, which offers better overall performance and much lower power consumption. The FX 4350 won’t address the power consumption (in fact it’s even worse), but the extra clock speed and cache should help push it over the edge of the other two in the same price range.