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AMD FX-6300 Review

  • Price - 9/10
  • Power Consumption - 6/10
  • Game Performance - 7/10
  • Single Core Performance - 3/10
  • Multi Core Performance - 6/10


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  • AMD FX-6300 Quick Specs
    CacheL3 – 8 MB Shared
    Base Clock Speed3.5 GHz
    Overclock Speed4.82 GHz
    Base Power Consumption95 W


    Originally introduced as an upgrade over the FX-6200, the FX-6300 released around the same time that the AMD FX-8350 made its debut. Back then, the FX-6300 was an absolute favorite among budget gamers who weren’t much into MMOs. With six cores, it made sense to purchase this processor over expensive Intel rivals at the time. By the way, the Intel processor around that time that hit the sweet spot was the i5-3570K.

    So, why are we including the 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.

    For our purpose, we compare the performance of the FX-6300 with the FX-8350 and the Core i3 6100 since they are the closest priced CPUs in our dream list. Before starting with the actual performance review lets quickly go through the specifications of the FX-6300.

    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.

    Performance Analysis

    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. But, does all this customization offer the requisite results to justify a purchase today when there are slightly more expensive alternatives from Intel? Take for instance the i3-6100 processor. With higher base clock speeds and significantly better single core performance across all emulators, should you not invest into an FX-6300 at all?

    The answer is a mixed bag. Back when the FX-6300 released, the choice was simple. 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.

    Let’s get straight into the benchmarks and scores. With PassMark, it is immediately evident that single core performance of the FX 6300 is poor. With just 1,446 it falls well short of the 2,105 posted by Core i3 6100. However, if you look at Multi-Core performance on PassMark, the FX 6300 beats the Core i3 6100 by a good 1000 points. The question therefore is, what kind of application you plan on using your CPU for. It also points to the fact that the i3 6100 isn’t exactly a great choice though its multi-core performance is still acceptable at 5,464.

    Even the clock speeds are a tad slower than the 6100 core i3 but the difference in Cinebench isn’t enough to pick a winner. What does work in favor of the FX-6300 though is its ability to drastically overclock.

    Speaking of overclocking, the stock CPU cooler isn’t capable enough to manage 4 GHz plus speeds. Best to get a water cooler along with your CPU if you wish to hit top clock speeds. Beware though that this CPU requires around 95W at its stock setting. When you overclock the processor, it gets hot really quick and the power consumption rises to some extent too.

    Moving on, the Cinebench R15 scores. Here things get a little more interesting. On stock settings, the FX-6300 comes well below the Core i3-6100 however, ramp up the clock speeds and you immediately see a significant rise in scores. With multi-core scores, when running at 4.6GHz, the FX-6300 posted a cool 558cb on Cinebench R15, which is at least 60 to 70cb higher than what the Core i3 6100 brings in at the stock condition.

    All that remains is to test its gaming abilities. What we are interested in is whether this processor is a bottleneck with high-performance games or if it can manage well across the board. We put it through the rigors on Battlefield 4 and One. We even took it for a spin on GTA V and the end result was that as long as you stay within HD limits or 1080p, your game performance won’t be any different. However, if you play a lot of MMO, there will be a significant drop in performance because of poor single core performance.


    • Cheapest processor out there that overclocks and gives a great performance.
    • Loads of motherboards still support this architecture and work well with it too.
    • Easy to overclock using multipliers.
    • Has tremendous abilities without costing much.


    • AMD FX series always fares miserably when it comes to single core performance and the FX-6300 is no different.
    • Multi-player gaming is not possible on this processor though most games will play well.
    • Without a dedicated graphics card, you need to invest into a graphics card for a complete system.

    Should You Buy The AMD FX-6300?

    If the price is the sole reason to purchase the AMD FX-6300 then go ahead and get it. The limitations of this processor are only visible in the most demanding environments. However, because of its unlocked nature, you can easily overcome the limitations by multiplying the clock speeds and squeezing out that extra performance from it.

    For gamers, be careful when thinking of the FX-6300. Not all games work great with this processor and especially any that involve heavy single core dependency. Same goes for audio and video encoding or those who edit a lot of cool stuff.

    For an average individual though the AMD FX-6300 is an excellent starting CPU.


    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. In all our tests, we felt it overclocked well, sometimes managing to beat current generation Intel processors in multi-core performance.

    Yes, single core performance is abysmal but it gets a boost when you overclock the processor. Our advice is to purchase a good air cooler with this processor so you can at least hit top clock speeds when you need to improve single core performance.

    • Price - 9/10
    • Power Consumption - 6/10
    • Game Performance - 7/10
    • Single Core Performance - 3/10
    • Multi Core Performance - 6/10


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    AMD FX-6300 Review & Specs

    General informationTypeCPU / MicroprocessorMarket segmentDesktopFamilyAMD FX-SeriesModel numberFX-6300CPU part numbersFD6300WMHKBOX is a boxed microprocessorFrequency3500 MHzTurbo frequency4100 MHzPackage938-pin micro-PGA packageSocketSocket AM3+Introduction dateOctober 23, 2012 Architecture / MicroarchitectureMicroarchitecturePiledriverPlatformVolanProcessor coreVisheraManufacturing process0.032 micronData width64 bitThe number of cores6The number of threads6Floating Point UnitIntegratedLevel 1 cache size3 x 64 KB shared instruction caches
    6 x 16 KB data cachesLevel 2 cache size3 x 2 MB shared exclusive cachesLevel 3 cache size8 MB shared cacheMultiprocessingUniprocessorFeatures
    • MMX
    • SSE
    • SSE2
    • SSE3
    • SSE4
    • SSE4a
    • AES instructions
    • Advanced Bit Manipulation
    • Advanced Vector Extensions
    • AMD64 technology
    • Virtualization technology
    • Enhanced Virus Protection
    • Turbo Core 2.0 technology
    Low power featuresPowerNow!On-chip peripherals
    • Dual-channel DDR3 memory controller
    • HyperTransport technology
     Electrical/Thermal parametersThermal Design Power95 Watt Notes on AMD FX-6300
    • The processor has unlocked clock multiplier
    • The fastest supported memory is DDR3-1866
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    Last month saw AMD finally unleash the latest update to its Bulldozer CPU technology, codenamed Piledriver.

    The first chip we had in the labs was, somewhat inevitably, the top-spec, eight-core AMD FX-8350. And well received it was too. But by virtue of only being a little cheaper than the excellent Intel i5-3570K, it was almost pricing itself out of the market.

    The one that we've been interested in getting our techy mitts on is this six-core FX-6300. It's almost the perfect sweet spot for budget gaming CPUs.

    The original FX-6200 impressed us recently with its combination of bargain price, impressive multi-threading performance and serious overclocking chops too. In fact, you could push it up to almost the same CPU performance as quad-core king, the i5-3570K.

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    With that sort of raw processing power from a cheaper chip you could then drop the money you're saving going for an AMD platform and plough that cash into a superior graphics card. After all, in gaming terms, it's the GPU that will make the difference in frame rates.

    Still, the same Bulldozer problems reared their heads with that six-core chip as with the eight-core: namely weak single-threaded performance. The enhancements in Piledriver don't represent a massive change to the Bulldozer architecture though.

    The essential make-up still remains the same with each module housing most of the silicon that makes up a traditional core. But, crucially, not all the silicon. What AMD has done is tighten up the code a little, offering a quicker approach to processing. It has improved engineer-pleasing goodies such as branch prediction and scheduling, but it is leaving the major architectural changes for the Steamroller update that ought to be arriving next year to give AMD a bit of help when Intel's Haswell tips up.

    Steamroller should squeeze more into each Bulldozer module to allow each core to function much more like a traditional CPU core, and should seriously beef up the single-threaded performance of the next generation processors. But that's quite a way off, and so we have to be content with this current heavy plant update.

    In a bit of a switch around from the FX-8350, where it turned up with a 4GHz clockspeed compared to the FX-8150's 3.6GHz, this six-core CPU is set up slower than its Bulldozer ancestors. The FX-6200 was originally set to run at 3.8GHz while this Piledriver version is set at just 3.5GHz.

    That's not the only difference between this and the previous chip as, despite having the same general make-up and 14MB cache size, the FX-6300 has got a lower TDP than the Bulldozer. At 95W then it's a little more efficient than its progenitor.

    Pleasingly that drop in both TDP and clockspeed doesn't mean this is a slower chip in real-world terms.

    The benchmarks show that almost across the board this chip is faster than the higher clocked six-core CPU. Only the x264 video encoding test highlights the slower clockspeed, posting slower frame rates than the FX-6200.

    In the other straight CPU performance tests in Cinebench it shows a very slight advantage, though the improvements in single-threaded performance aren't as pronounced as with the FX-8350. But I think that has more to do with the eight-core chip's 4GHz clockspeed.

    Still, to post the same sort of ballpark figures at a lower frequency than the previous generation is impressive, but what's more impressive is the boost in gaming performance that the Piledriver update seems to offer.

    In our Batman: Arkham City test it adds another 10fps on average over the FX-6200, and a couple of frames per second in the tighter Shogun 2 CPU test.


    CPU multi-threaded rendering performance
    Cinebench R11.5: Index score: Higher is better

    AMD FX-6300: 4.34
    AMD FX-6200: 4.32
    INTEL CORE I5-3570K: 5.70
    AMD FX-8350: 6.71

    OC multi-threaded rendering performance
    Cinebench R11.5: Index score: Higher is better

    AMD FX-6300: 6.30
    AMD FX-6200: 5.57
    INTEL CORE I5-3570K: 7.45
    AMD FX-8350: 7.79

    CPU single-threaded rendering performance
    Cinebench R11.5: Index score: Higher is better

    AMD FX-6300: 0.96
    AMD FX-6200: 0.92
    INTEL CORE I5-3570K: 1.58
    AMD FX-8350: 1.07

    CPU encoding performance
    x264 v4.0: Frames per second: Higher is better

    AMD FX-6300: 26.46
    AMD FX-6200: 27.81
    INTEL CORE I5-3570K: 33.43
    AMD FX-8350: 40.99

    CPU gaming performance
    Batman: AC: Frames per second: Higher is better

    AMD FX-6300: 120
    AMD FX-6200: 110
    INTEL CORE I5-3570K: 164
    AMD FX-8350: 114

    CPU gaming performance
    Shogun 2: Frames per second: Higher is better

    AMD FX-6300: 21
    AMD FX-6200: 19
    INTEL CORE I5-3570K: 35
    AMD FX-8350: 25

    Hot clocks

    With the clockspeeds taking a cut compared to the previous processor, and a lower overall TDP to boot, you might be forgiven for thinking the overclocking prowess of this Piledriver CPU may have been compromised. Not so. In fact if anything the overclocking performance has been enhanced.

    We've even managed to push the FX-6300 over 5GHz and had it stably posting benchmark scores. I did have it booting at 5.1GHz, but we couldn't stop it falling over under the rigours of x264.

    Part of that is down to the fact that it's a very cool-running chip - at stock speeds it's running at 28°C under load. Sure the temperature starts getting rather toasty under your CPU cooler, but the performance figures take a huge jump too.

    The multi-threaded performance easily eclipses a stock Core i5, and almost manages to do the same in single-threaded performance too. It's not far off in terms of gaming, with our low-end Batman: AC scores showing 155fps for the FX-6300 versus 164FPS for the stock-clocked i5-3570K.

    You will need a massive cooler and quality mobo to get to that sort of overclock, but it shows how competitive the Piledriver chip can be made. Especially considering it's only just over $150.

    That said you don't really need to have an overclocking mobo to push the Core i5 up over 4.5GHz and gaming performance will quickly outstrip the AMD chip. Still, as a budget alternative, the FX-6300 is a very capable CPU offering decent multi-threaded performance, even at stock speed for use in productivity-related tasks and improved gaming performance too.

    There's still no getting away from the fact that the Intel Ivy Bridge chips are ideally what you want in your machine, but the AMD alternatives are there if you can't afford to stretch all the way to a full Intel platform.

    By virtue of its Black Edition status, the overclocking is relatively easy and gives you multiple ways - baseclock or multiplier - to get to the highest frequency you can. Being able to run happily at 5GHz is nothing to be sniffed at and has the makings of a top budget CPU.

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    Dave (Twitter) is the components editor for TechRadar and has been professionally testing, tweaking, overclocking and b0rking all kinds of computer-related gubbins since 2006. Dave is also an avid gamer, with a love of Football Manager that borders on the obsessive. Dave is also the deputy editor of TechRadar's older sibling, PC Format.


    AMD FX-6300 - FX-6000 Series Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor - FD6300WMHKBOX

    Pros: This FX-8350 is a beast, pure and simple. One of the best "bang for your buck" processors on the market at the moment. Easy to overclock. I got 4.3GHz out of the box, stable, only using the motherboards (Sabertooth 990FX) default performance profile. I went to 4.5GHz on all 8 cores, stable, with only minor tweaking. However, do NOT attempt to OC unless you know what you're doing and fully understand the risks. In all reality, there is no need to overclock this processor, out of the box, at it's default speeds, it will handle just about anything you throw at it, period. There are a lot of "benchmarks" out there, so there is no point in me repeating them, what I will do it give some examples of it's real world performance being at the core of my gaming rig. The FX-8350 will handle any modern gaming tasks with out even breaking a sweat. It makes short work of all the "3's", Arma, Battlefield, Bioshock, Crysis, ect. I have yet to slow it down and I have tested a lot games on it so far, in addition to the aforementioned titles, Metro Last Light, Tomb Raider, Defiance, and many others. This processor performs well above it's price point at the core of a high-end gaming rig. I also live stream to Twitch, record via Fraps, and host the occasional game server on my system, in all cases, the FX-8350 handles it easily. Day to day usage, such as social media, HD video playback, and general "work" pose little challenge to this, or any modern processor. This thing is meant to handle much more. Yes, it's not going to beat a high-end, and much more expensive, Intel chip when it comes to raw computation, but at it's price point it don't have too. I got this processor for my main rig since most of what I do on it, is gaming, editing, and broadcasting. Three tasks it can handle just as good as much more expensive options. So if you're a gamer, looking for a inexpensive high-end processor, then the FX-8350 should be intensely considered. There are a lot of other longer reviews, and this is a lot shorter that what I normally write. The whole point I am trying to convey is that this is a great processor, it beastly for gaming, and at this price point it's hard to beat. All you need to do is couple this processor with other good high-end hardware, and it will game as hard as you want it too.

    Cons: None as of yet. It's stable, running cool, and doing everything I am asking of it. One thing to note is that single-threaded games, especailly older ones, are not this processors strong point. It handles multi-threaded modern games far better. However, I have yet to find a single-threaded game it don't easily handle.

    Overall Review: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (This) AMD FX-8350 @ 4.3GHz ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 XFX DD Radeon 7970 Black Edition EVGA GT 640 (Hybrid Dedicated Physx) Corsair Professional HX850W PSU Seagate 600 240GB SSD Multiple Western Digital Black SATA 6 drives. Cooler Master HAF 932 I am running it at 4.3GHz since, even though I had it Prime95 stable at 4.5GHz, becasue I am currently running on air (Thermaltake Frio), and there is little to no gaming difference between 4.3 and 4.5, so there is no point. I will see how far I can push it after I do my water conversion. I tend to "baby" my hardware, once I know it's limits. This processor was purchased as an upgrade from the Phenom II X6 1090T (OC @ 3.8GHz). Also a fantastic processor in it's own right, but it was time to retire it to a secondary system. There is a noticeable gaming improvement between the two processors, more so in the more demanding titles. The FX-8350 is also faster when it comes to multi-threaded applications. This is comparing the 1090T at it's 3.8GHz OC and the FX-8350 at it's stock 4.0GHz. Kudos to AMD for improving over Zambezi, which I decided to skip since the 1090T pretty much beat it across the board. This FX-8350 Vishera is a great processor at a great price. Keep calm and game on!


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    AMD FX-6300 vs Intel Core i5-7400

    63 facts in comparison

    AMD FX-6300

    Intel Core i5-7400

    Why is AMD FX-6300 better than Intel Core i5-7400?

    • 1.75x faster CPU speed?
      6 x 3.5GHzvs4 x 3GHz
    • 2 more CPU threads?
    • 5MB bigger L2 cache?
    • 0.6GHz higher turbo clock speed?
    • 2MB bigger L3 cache?
    • 32KB bigger L1 cache?
    • 0.75MB/core more L2 cache per core?
    • Has an unlocked multiplier?

    Why is Intel Core i5-7400 better than AMD FX-6300?

    • 534MHz higher ram speed?
    • 18nm smaller semiconductor size?
    • 1.79x higher PassMark result?
    • 30W lower TDP?
    • 1 newer version of PCI Express (PCIe)?
    • 17.4GB/s more memory bandwidth?
    • 30.76% higher PassMark result (single)?
    • 29.5°C higher maximum operating temperature?

    General info

    A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.

    Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.

    The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.

    The thermal design power (TDP) is the maximum amount of power the cooling system needs to dissipate. A lower TDP typically means that it consumes less power.

    Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) is a high-speed interface standard for connecting components, such as graphics cards and SSDs, to a motherboard. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.

    If the CPU exceeds the maximum operating temperature then problems such as random resets can occur.

    DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

    A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.

    OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.


    The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.

    More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.

    A larger L2 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

    When the CPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.

    A larger L3 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

    A larger L1 cache results in faster CPU and system-wide performance.

    More data can be stored in the L2 cache for access by each core of the CPU.

    Some processors come with an unlocked multiplier which makes them easy to overclock, allowing you to gain increased performance in games and other apps.

    More data can be stored in the L3 cache for access by each core of the CPU.


    It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

    More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

    The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

    Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

    The bus is responsible for transferring data between different components of a computer or device.

    DDR (Double Data Rate) memory is the most common type of RAM. Newer versions of DDR memory support higher maximum speeds and are more energy-efficient.

    8.eMMC version

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (AMD FX-6300)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Intel Core i5-7400)

    A higher version of eMMC allows faster memory interfaces, having a positive effect on the performance of a device. For example, when transferring files from your computer to the internal storage over USB.

    9.bus speed

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (AMD FX-6300)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Intel Core i5-7400)

    The bus is responsible for transferring data between different components of a computer or device.


    AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.

    AVX is used to help speed up calculations in multimedia, scientific and financial apps, as well as improving Linux RAID software performance.

    SSE is used to speed up multimedia tasks such as editing an image or adjusting audio volume. Each new version contains new instructions and improvements.

    4.bits executed at a time

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (AMD FX-6300)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Intel Core i5-7400)

    NEON provides acceleration for media processing, such as listening to MP3s.

    F16C is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.

    Multithreading technology (such as Intel's Hyperthreading or AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading) provides increased performance by splitting each of the processor's physical cores into virtual cores, also known as threads. This way, each core can run two instruction streams at once.

    MMX is used to speed up tasks such as adjusting the contrast of an image or adjusting volume.

    8.front-end width

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (AMD FX-6300)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Intel Core i5-7400)

    The CPU can decode more instructions per clock (IPC), meaning that the CPU performs better

    A technology integrated into the processor to secure the device for use with features such as mobile payments and streaming video using digital rights management (DRM).


    This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using multiple threads.

    Cinebench R20 is a benchmark tool that measures a CPU's multi-core performance by rendering a 3D scene.

    4.Geekbench 5 result (multi)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (AMD FX-6300)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Intel Core i5-7400)

    Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's multi-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2021)

    Cinebench R20 is a benchmark tool that measures a CPU's single-core performance by rendering a 3D scene.

    Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's single-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2021)

    7.Blender (bmw27) result

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (AMD FX-6300)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Intel Core i5-7400)

    The Blender (bmw27) benchmark measures the performance of a processor by rendering a 3D scene. More powerful processors can render the scene in less time.

    8.Blender (classroom) result

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (AMD FX-6300)

    Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Intel Core i5-7400)

    The Blender (classroom) benchmark measures the performance of a processor by rendering a 3D scene. More powerful processors can render the scene in less time.

    This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU when it is overclocked.

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