AMD FX-8120 vs AMD FX-9590

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AMD FX-8120 CPU1 vs CPU2 AMD FX-9590
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-9590

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the AMD FX-8120 and the AMD FX-9590 and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the AMD FX-8120 8 core processor released in Q2/2012 with the AMD FX-9590 which has 8 CPU cores and was introduced in Q3/2013.
AMD FX (30) Family AMD FX (30)
AMD FX-8000 (11) CPU group AMD FX-9000 (2)
2 Generation 2
Vishera (Bulldozer) Architecture Vishera (Piledriver)
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD FX-8120 is a 8 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.10 GHz (4.00 GHz). The processor can compute 8 threads at the same time. The AMD FX-9590 clocks with 4.70 GHz (5.00 GHz), has 8 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.

AMD FX-8120 Characteristic AMD FX-9590
8 Cores 8
8 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading No
Yes Overclocking ? Yes
3.10 GHz Frequency 4.70 GHz
4.00 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 5.00 GHz
4.00 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 5.00 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AMD FX-8120 Characteristic AMD FX-9590
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
GPU frequency --
-- GPU (Turbo) --
-- GPU Generation --
Technology
Max. displays
-- Compute units --
-- Shader --
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory --
-- DirectX Version --

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

no iGPU GPU no iGPU
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
No Codec h264 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
No Codec AVC No
No Codec VC-1 No
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

Up to GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the AMD FX-8120, while the AMD FX-9590 supports a maximum of GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 29.9 GB/s enabled.

AMD FX-8120 Characteristic AMD FX-9590
DDR3-1866 Memory DDR3-1866
Max. Memory
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
29.9 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 29.9 GB/s
Yes ECC Yes
-- L2 Cache --
8.00 MB L3 Cache 8.00 MB
-- PCIe version --
-- PCIe lanes --
-- PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The AMD FX-8120 has a TDP of 95 W. The TDP of the AMD FX-9590 is 220 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

AMD FX-8120 Characteristic AMD FX-9590
95 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 220 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The AMD FX-8120 has 8.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 32 nm. The cache of AMD FX-9590 is at 8.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 32 nm.

AMD FX-8120 Characteristic AMD FX-9590
32 nm Technology 32 nm
Unknown Chip design Unknown
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, FMA3, FMA4 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, FMA3, FMA4
AM3+ Socket AM3+
AMD-V Virtualization AMD-V
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q2/2012 Release date Q3/2013
115 $ Release price 270 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
AMD FX-8120 (77%)
AMD FX-9590 (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
AMD FX-8120 (71%)
AMD FX-9590 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
479 (76%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
634 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
2085 (69%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
3020 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
6596 (63%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
10465 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
89 (78%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
114 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
587 (82%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
713 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
41 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
625.9 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 5.00 GHz
291 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-8120
8C 8T @ 3.10 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD FX-9590 AMD FX-9590
8C 8T @ 4.70 GHz
1967 (100%)

Devices using this processor

AMD FX-8120 AMD FX-9590
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