AMD FX 6100 Black Edition review

Six cores beats four cores, right? Well...

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Our Verdict

An interesting option, but only if the module-enabling prospects turn out good.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Hexa-core (6 Core)

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  • AMD's latest microarchitecture
  • Decent multi-threading throughout


  • Weak per-core performance
  • Jury's out on module re-enabling

When is a six-core PC processor not a six-core PC processor? When it's AMD's new FX 6100 Black Edition.

Long before AMD released its fancy new FX chips, we had a feeling a fisticuffs was brewing over the definition of what constitutes a processor core.

Now the FX has arrived and the gloves are off.

It all comes down to the radical new approach to simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) taken by AMD with the new Bulldozer architecture.

Intel's been doing SMT for a bit in the form of Hyper-Threading and fair to say Chipzilla's take can be called SMT lite.

It hasn't spent a lot of transistors in enabling each of its processors cores tow run two software threads in parallel. So a multi-threading performance boost of around 15 to 20 per cent is a pretty decent outcome.

AMD reckoned it could do better and verily cooked up the Bulldozer module. This little techno-beasty packs a pair of execution units. But much of what you'd normally consider a processor core is shared.

So has that Bulldozer module got enough power to give this six core processor a chance?

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreHexa-core (6 Core)
Thermal Design Power95 W
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Product FamilyFX
L3 Cache8 MB
Clock Speed3.30 GHz
Processor SocketSocket AM3+
Brand NameAMD
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification70°C
Overclocking Speed3.90 GHz
L2 Cache6 MB
Product SeriesFX
ManufacturerAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc
Product ModelFX 6100
Product NameFX Processor
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberFD6100WMGUSBX
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Blow away the competition with the unrestrained power of an AMD FX Processor. Unlocked out of the box and competitively-priced, AMD FX Processor give you more bang for your buck with aggressive performance and lightning-fast responsiveness.

Process Technology32 nm
Package Contents
  • FX Processor
  • AMD-qualified Heat sink and Fan with Thermal Interface
  • Installation Manual
  • Case Sticker
  • Certificate of Authenticity
Limited Warranty3 Year