AMD's processors are not as bad as most reviews paint them to be. In fact, I think the whole tech site / benchmark scene has devolved into a state they were in back in the late 1990s when it was shown that various vid card / cpu manufacturers colluded together to tweak drivers and even (yes) benchmarks to make their products look better.
So with all that said, I would encourage someone looking at AMD to look at the comprehensive benchmark lists on sites like Tom's Hardware or Anand, and skip reading their commentary.
For example, if you go to the link below and look at a comparison of the FX-8350 vs i5-3470 (these are price equivalents), you'll find that the 'winner' is not all that clear :http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=702
I mean, really, in PoV-Ray tracing the Fx-8350 is a solid 40% faster.
In x264 decoding, FX-8350 is between 20 and 40% faster.
The biggest place it 'loses' is in video games, and I suspect that is due to memory bandwidth being a bit lower on FX than Intel.
But then go back and see what kind of rig you need to tell the difference between processors in those games, and you'll quickly find that you'll need a $500+ GPU.
Hint : a GTX 660 Ti won't cut it. Note TweakTown's review below of the FX-8150, there is little discernable difference between that and an i7 using a GTX 580 :http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4348/ ... ndex9.html
Then there are some videos wandering the net, where the 8-core FX 8320/8350's are eating up i7-3770's if you attempt to stream video while playing a game. And, in a lot of random games, flat out beat i5's and i7's.
Look here, especially the last half of the video :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE
For my purposes, running 2-3 VMWare Workstation instances at once to simulate a production environment for testing and development, I'm very happy with the AMD. I say that having come from an i5-2500s; the FX-8320 whips it soundly in this particular arena.