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AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer On Ubuntu Linux

Michael Larabel

Published on 24 October 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 5 of 13 - 72 Comments

In today's article are the base FX-4100 results that were done last week compared to Sandy Bridge systems within the Phoronix office. Now the stock results of the FX-8150 under Ubuntu 11.10 on the Linux 3.0 kernel are added in along with the results from some other Phoronix systems. The CPUs used in this comparison were limited to hardware availability with what modern processors we have, which unfortunately means many more Intel CPUs than what AMD traditionally has offered in the past for CPU samples.

In particular, the processors being compared in this article include:

2 x AMD Opteron 2384: Shanghai, 2.70GHz base frequency, four cores per CPU. (Eight total cores in dual socket motherboard for testing.)
AMD A8-3850: Llano, 2.9GHz base frequency, four cores.
AMD FX-4100: Bulldozer, 3.6GHz base frequency, 3.8GHz Turbo frequency, four cores.
AMD FX-8150: Bulldozer, 3.6GHz base frequency, 4.2GHz Turbo frequency, eight cores.
Intel Core i5 2400S: Sandy Bridge, 3.1GHz base frequency, 3.4GHz Turbo frequency, four cores.
Intel Core i5 2500K: Sandy Bridge, 3.3GHz base frequency, 3.7GHz Turbo frequency, four cores.
Intel Core i7 920: Bloomfield, 2.66GHz base frequency, 2.93GHz Turbo frequency, four cores + Hyper Threading.
Intel Core i7 970: Gulftown, 3.2GHz base frequency, 3.46GHz Turbo frequency, six cores + Hyper Threading.
Intel Core i7 990X Extreme: Gulftown, 3.46GHz base frequency, 3.73GHz Turbo frequency, six cores + Hyper Threading.

The FX-8150 system had 8GB of RAM, was running on the ASUS Crosshair V Formula motherboard, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics, and a 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD. Ubuntu 11.10 from the stock Linux 3.0 64-bit kernel was used for testing with the GCC 4.6.1 compiler and the NVIDIA 285.05.09 binary blob. Due to the tests beginning as the remote FX-4100 benchmarking and then the Ubuntu 11.04 issues with the Crosshair V Formula, the system specs are not identical between systems but all of the tests being used in this article are strictly CPU focused. The other upcoming tests are in matching environments. Again, this is just the first round of Linux tests from the AMD FX-8150. On Wednesday will be the very interesting core scaling results followed by the Open64 / LLVM / GCC compiler comparison.

All testing was facilitated in a completely automated and reproducible manner using the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org, products of Phoronix Media. You can compare your Linux/BSD/Solaris system's performance to the FX-8150 results in this article and the other test beds by simply running the command phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1110239-AR-FX8150AMD26. It's as easy as that!

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