FX-6300 in our top ten processor’s list when Intel has jumped across four generations? It is because of the performance of the FX-6300 and its overclocking abilities at such a low cost. In fact, this is the cheapest of all processors that we review.
The AMD FX-6300 is a six-core processor with 3.5 GHz base clock speed and can go as far as 4.82 GHz with appropriate cooling. This series of AMD processors does not come with integrated graphics so you need to bundle a dedicated card for a complete package. As for memory, it works with DDR3-1866 with Dual Channel support and ECC. Based on the x86-64 architecture this 64-bit processor has 8MB of shared L3 cache that translates to 1.33 MB/core.
The FX-6300 is a workhorse and that is evident by its wide range of overclocking abilities. Completely unlocked, you can use as many multipliers as you wish. That is the true beauty of this processor and best of all, it comes with a very affordable price tag.
If multi-thread performance was what you were after, then the FX-6300 was a perfect choice as it reached the abilities of 3rd generation core i5 processors. However, as Intel made significant leaps the FX-6300 has been relegated to fight with core i3 processors. The good news though is that the FX-6300 is still perfect for a budget build. The big bucks you save on this processor can be better spent on other peripherals and hardware.
- Frequency: 3500
- Socket Type: AM3+
- Power Wattage: 95
AMD Turbo CORE Technology
Helps improve performance of CPU intensive applications by providing faster clock speeds
Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) increase parallelism for scientific and 3D apps using heavy floating point calculations
Floating-Point Vector Multiply-Accumulate and eXtended Operations (FMA4 & XOP) improves throughput and performance on many integer and floating point vector functions
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) increases performance on encryption apps like TrueCrypt and PCMark
AMD Balanced Smart Cache
Shared L3 cache (up to 8MB) for improved scheduling and pre-fetch capabilities
Increased data queue sizes
Coherency for 6 cores
AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator
Shared FP scheduler
Dual 128-bit floating point engines can team together for 256-bit AVX instructions or operate separately with each core
One 16-bit link at up to 5600 MT/s
Up to 8.0GB/s HyperTransport I/O bandwidth; Up to 16GB/s in HyperTransport Generation 3.0 mode
Up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)
Integrated DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology
A high-bandwidth, low-latency integrated memory controller
Supports up to DDR3-1866 with 1 DPC (DIMM per channel) in single memory slot motherboard designs
Supports low voltage memories of 1.35V and 1.2V
Up to 29.9GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR3
Direct communications to each core in dual-core module (APIC registers in each core)
AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) Technology with IOMMU
Silicon feature-set enhancements for improved performance, reliability, and security of existing and future virtualization environments by allowing virtualized apps direct, rapid access to their allocated memory
IOMMU (Input/Output Memory Management Unit) is an extension to AMD64 architecture to support address translation and access protection on DMA transfers
Security for user-level application and virtual machine guest OS
Address translation and access control
Device assignment in virtualized systems
Security and trusted boot support
Unified interrupt management
AMD PowerNow! Technology (Cool 'n' Quiet Technology)
Automatically and instantaneously adjusts performance states and features based on processor performance requirements
C6 power state for cache flush and voltage down individual cores
CC6 power state allows all cores in C6 to power even lower for quieter operation and reduced power requirements
Separate memory controller power control
I/O-based c-state interface
Works automatically without the need for drivers or BIOS enablement
Power can be switched on or off within a single clock cycle, saving energy with no impact on performance.
With its awesome price tag, the AMD FX-6300 is indeed the cheapest in our list of top performance CPUs. Its sole reason for gaining entry into our list is due to its overclocking abilities.
It also features Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), Floating-Point Vector Multiply-Accumulate and eXtended Operations (FMA4 & XOP), and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
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