Release Date: 10/12/2011
Speed: 3.6 GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo)
L2 Cache: 2x 2MB
L3 Cache 8MB
Socket Type: AM3+
The Good: Perfect Price/Power ratio, Very high clock speeds
The Bad: Slow in comparison to other leading CPU’s
I am one that loves good things for less. If I see something on sale for cheap (Steam sales), I can’t help but purchase it. Although I didn’t grab this awesome piece of hardware on sale, at the price of $110, you really can’t look past it if you’re looking for something affordable for your new rig.
The AMD FX-4100 is a quad-core processor is basically an FX-8150 with 4-cores disabled. This obviously means that the chip has half of the L2 cache (4MB) enabled and a lower TDP (95W). The AMD FX-4100 even has the same 3.6 GHz base clock speed as the FX-8150, but differs slightly in Turbo mode as it is clocked lower, while turbo mode on the FX-4100 runs at just 3.7 (4 cores at load) or 3.8 GHz (2 cores at load), so it doesn’t scale as high as the FX-8150.
The AMD FX 4100 has a stock clock of 3.6Ghz, something most CPU’s can’t reach when overclocked on their standard cooler, but the FX 4100 is capable of not only being able to do this standard clock while remaining at 27 degree’s Celsius (80 degree’s Fahrenheit) but is able to go a full 1Ghz higher, I kid you not. 4.6Ghz with an idle temp of 35 degree’s Celsius (95 degree’s Fahrenheit) on the standard cooler and thermal paste, and according to AMD is capable of 5.0Ghz on an aftermarket cooler. 6.0Ghz on liquid cooling and has been reported that with liquid nitrogen cooling up to a simply staggering 8.0Ghz(!)
Now here is the strange thing, although it can pull these ridiculously high clock speeds, the chip is quite slow, although at times it has performed better than the monster Intel i5-2500K, it often falls short of almost everything else. With that said, coupled with my HIS RADEON 6950 GPU, I still run games at highest settings with nothing lower than 30 fps
The AMD FX 4100 is the solution for budget gaming computers, packing with it enough power to play all recent games on high settings while not blowing the bank. It is also a step forward in CPU technology allowing high clock speeds at low temperatures.