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AMD FX-8120 8-Core Black Edition Processor Socket AM3+ - FD8120FRGUBOX

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  • Overclocking capabilities - Unlocked for a big boost in performance and speed.
  • "Bulldozer" architecture - Designed to increase core communication for unparalleled multitasking and pure core performance.
  • AMD Turbo CORE Technology - A burst of speed for the task at hand. Delivers dynamic core performance boosts depending on users' workload at frequencies of up to 900MHz faster.
  • AMD OverDrive software - Tuning controls to push performance to the limits and monitors system stability when overclocking
  • 32nm die shrink - Stable and smooth performance with impressive energy efficiency
  • AMD OverDrive software - Tuning controls to push performance to the limits and monitors system stability when overclocking.Operating Frequency: 3.1GHz
  • Advanced Instruction Support - accelerates a new generation of applications:SSE3, SSE4.1/4.2, AVX, AES, XOP, FMA4
  • Larger Caches - increase everyday performance with support up to 8MB L2 Cache and 8MB L3 Cache
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 3.4 x 5.1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005UBNKZG
  • Item model number: FD8120FRGUBOX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 12, 2011

Product Description

Experience responsive game play and mega-tasking performance with AMD FX Processors. Get AMD FX in your system.

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Customer Reviews

It is very fast.
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I would definitely recommend this processor for the PC enthusiast, or for anyone that's looking for performance.
Amazon Customer
I have faith that this cpu will be more future proof than a faster Intel model.
Anders Herzberg

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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By girlboxer5 on November 8, 2011
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Let me just preface this review by saying I'm only reviewing this processor based on my own experience, not by benchmarks, which, by the way, seem to be sorely lacking for this particular processor.

I've upgraded from an Athlon II X4 630, and I'm running the processor on an ASUS M5A87 motherboard with the 0701 BIOS update. Updating the BIOS via ASUS' utility was a little nerve-wracking, but ultimately painless, and the FX-8120 works flawlessly with it. Installation of the processor with stock cooler was also reasonably painless, though the lever on the cooler didn't exactly function intuitively, and the pictures in the manual were useless. I had to watch a YouTube video just to make sure I was doing it right. This doesn't matter, though, because you don't want to use the stock cooler, even if you're not overclocking. Trust me.

The big minus to this processor is the utterly hideous stock cooler. At idle, it's dead silent, true. Idle temperatures were 18 degrees C for me. Watch a YouTube vid, fire up a virtual machine, listen to an album in Media Player, or stream something from Netflix, and you'll hear a really loud whir that doesn't stop until a few seconds after you've stopped your minor activity. My old Athlon II X4's cooler sounded like that when I'd been gaming for an hour or two. And gaming... The first night after I installed the processor, I played the new Dungeon Siege 3 DLC and my computer sounded like a shop vac. My husband even complained about the noise. The next night, as I was trying to figure out some sort of solution, I discovered it got almost as loud playing Torchlight! Don't think you can snap in a new fan on the cooler to stop the noise, because it won't be as efficient as AMD's vacuum cleaner fan. Believe me, I tried.
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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2011
Everyone gets so caught up comparing numbers on a chart instead of actually using the systems. I built my system using a 8120 and am very happy with it. It performs as well as my buddies Intel rig that cost him twice the price. He can point to a graph and show me his system wins, I point to my wallet and say I am the winner. I hope we never go back to the days when Intel is the only choice. Intel is a better company because of AMD and we (the consumer) are much better off. I hope AMD builds better processors in the future but even if they do I don't have the buck$ to drop an a $1000 chip. The 8120 is well worth the performance you get for the dollars and I for one will continue to support AMD whenever possible.
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74 of 88 people found the following review helpful By NT on October 14, 2011
The Title is Wrong, this CPU is Socket AM3+....

For Price/Performance this 8-Core CPU is a winner.
AMD FX 8120 (Code Name Bulldozer) will give you high performance in highly threaded Applications and Benchmarks with Newer Code. It currently stands it's ground, but it will be difficult to make all those cores work for you with todays lacking software.

AMD really went far out with this style of design and put a lot of time and pure Innovation into it. For that alone they get 5***** from me.

The cool part about this 8-Core Monster is the fact you can turn cores and threads on and off at will via Bios and AMD's FX software. This is a Black Edition which means you can also Overclock the CPU in a safe manner by means of a built in technique called Turbo Core.
You can use Turbo Core to increase clock speeds when needed and/or you can manually Overclock it through the Bios and/or AMD's FX software. You can run this as 4 cores with 4 threads, 2 cores with 4 threads, 8 cores with 8 threads and so on.

Overall it's a great CPU. It's not without it's issues though. Because it's brand new, built from the ground up and completley different from what anybody has ever done, Software Developers need to catch up to AMD's style of design. Once they do in the near future, this processor should further guarantee you a solid future proof setup.

That said, it's been reported that the new AMD FX CPU's suffer from scheduling problems due to Microsoft's current Windows 7 OS not utilizing the AMD CPU properly. Windows 8 resolved this issue and the newer OS understands how AMD's new 8-Core works gaining you maximum performance. Hopefully Microsoft will release a patch for Windows 7 to resolve this issue.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By senJHong on November 9, 2011
With the 3027 beta bios for the Crosshair iv formula. I got this sucker to go 4.7ghz at 1.404 volts.
Using Corsair H50 with 800d Case my idle temp are 30 to 35 at load 55 to 59. I guess it depends on the computer case you use that determines the temp. TBH i think the 8120 is a better buy then the 8150. They are bascally the same chip only difference is that the 8150 stock multiplier to higher. But max oc capability is about the same. I rather invest that 40 dollar difference on a high end cpu cooler/closed loops water cooler.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Lezama on April 5, 2012
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I have been building computers now for over 12 years, most if not all AMD based machines. I read the reviews looked at You Tube videos and all of them bashed this chip, how horrible it was who couldn't get their games to work or professed 10 year veterans at computer building who said this was the worst chip AMD ever made. I decided to take the risk anyway and I am glad I did.

This chip is fantastic I had absolutely no setup issues at all it boots and runs like a beast on my Asus M5A 970 board and that was before I did a modest overclock at 3.8Ghz, I could easily get it to 4.7 Ghz because this chip overclocks effortlessly but I live in the Caribbean and heat is an issue so 3.8 it great. It idles at 37 degrees Celsius and gets up to 55 under load at this frequency.

I use my computer for graphic design and gaming. Coupled with a GTX 460 I can run Skyrim on ultra-high settings with the hi res pack installed to my 32 inch HDTV which I use as a monitor, with excellent frame rates, so to Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft 2, Demigod, Spore, Split Second and the Sims 3 all of them run on the highest settings and the system does not skip a beat. When Graphic designing I have Bryce 7, Poser 2010, 3DSMax and CorelDraw open at the same time without problems.

This is a great chip and I am very happy with my upgrade. I have a machine that performs very very well that does everything I ask of it with no hiccups whatsoever and I didn't have to rob a bank to do it.
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