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Game Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition FX-8350
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 297% 64%
Doom Eternal 250% 45%
Call of Duty Warzone 118% 10%
Cyberpunk 2077 150% 3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 42% 76%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 175% 14%
Half-Life: Alyx 215% 30%
Grand Theft Auto VI 328% 77%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 215% 30%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 188% 19%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD FX-8350 is massively better than the AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The FX-8350 was released less than a year after the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The FX-8350 has 4 more cores than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the FX-8350, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The FX-8350 has 4 more threads than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Phenom 9600 Quad-Core and FX-8350 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the FX-8350 has a 1.7 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the FX-8350 is superior.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The FX-8350 has a 6144 KB bigger L2 cache than the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the Phenom 9600 Quad-Core and the FX-8350 have the same TDP of 125 Watts, but the FX-8350 has a lower lithography size, and so will affect your yearly electricity bills less adversely.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameAgenaVishera
MoBo SocketSocket AM2+Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date27 Mar 200823 Oct 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs8
CPU Threads4vs8
Clock Speed2.3 GHzvs4 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs4.2 GHz
Max TDP125 Wvs125 W
Lithography65 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature70°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L1 Cache Size512 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs8192 KB
L3 Cache Size2 MBvs8 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPhenom 9600 Quad-Core Black Edition is a performance processor based on the 65nm, K10 architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.3GHz and 2MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Virtualization is activated and the processor has unlocked multiplier, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.
FX-8350 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture.

It offers 8 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 4.0GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.

Compared to its competitor Core i7-3770K it performs around 12% worse. Still, its performance is very good and sufficient for extreme gaming.