Like any good mainstream CPU, the FX-6350 combines a reasonable processing power and a fair price, being a good buy for the user who wants to build a PC for work or gaming, without spending too much money. So, what we can do to evaluate it is to compare it to other CPUs on the same price range.
Compared to the Core i3-6100 from Intel, the FX-6350 was slower on some programs (mainly video converting), but faster in other ones (the ones that take advantage on the larger core count.) On games, we can say there is a technical tie: both CPUs ran most games with similar framerates, which means none of the is a bottleneck. So, both the CPUs are good choices if you are building a budget gamer computer.
And when comparing the FX-6350 to the more expensive FX-8250? Our tests show that the FX-8350 has advantage only on applications that use all the processing cores, like Cinebench R15. On most games, however, the FX-6350 has the same performance of the FX-8350, thus bringing a better cost/benefit ratio.
We also compared the FX-6350 to another AMD processor, with similar price tag, but different platform (and objective): the A10-7870K. While we already proved that the A10-7870K is a interesting CPU due to its good performance integrated video, it makes no much sense when we disable its integrated video and use an independent video card, because in this case, the FX-6350 is faster in some games and programs, being a better choice.
In short, is the FX-6350 worth? Considering it has a cost/benefit ration similar to its direct competitor, better cost/benefit than its superior model (FX-8350) and higher processing performance than the high-end A10 model, it is a good option to build a mainstream computer, for games or work, using a “real” video card.
PS: We will review of the Wraith cooler on a separated article.