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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition is the companies' latest quad-core processor, and it's being released in tandem with a new memory tuning tool called Black Edition Memory Profiles, or B.E.M.P. for short.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Apr 30 2009   Julian Apong  
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Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10

POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 30 Source: POV-RAY

Ray-tracing is a rendering technique that calculates an image of a scene by simulating the way rays of light travel in the real world. In the real world, rays of light are emitted from a light source and illuminate objects. The light reflects off of the objects or passes through transparent objects. This reflected light hits our eyes or perhaps a camera lens. Because the vast majority of rays never hit an observer, it would take forever to trace a scene. Ray-tracing programs like POV-Ray start with their simulated camera and trace rays backwards out into the scene. The user specifies the location of the camera, light sources, and objects as well as the surface texture properties of objects, their interiors (if transparent) and any atmospheric media such as fog, haze, or fire.

Lower render times are better, however higher Pixel Per Second rendering values are best. Pov-ray is multi-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportPov-Ray 3.7 BETA 30 (multi-threaded)
Render Time (sec) Time Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 113.8
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 382.88
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 98.69
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 445.26
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 444.24
Render Average (Pixels Per Sec) PPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 2303.61
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 1357.27
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 2656.37
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 1751.71
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 1753.53

POV-ray is a win for the Phenom II X4 955 BE, which beats out Intel's Core i7 by a thin margin, and the remaining processors can't keep up at all.

SPECviewPerf 10 Source: POV-RAY

The SPECgpc project group develops and distributes SPECviewperf, which measures the 3D rendering performance of systems running under OpenGL. SPECviewperf measures the 3D rendering performance of systems running under OpenGL. The SPECopcSM project group has worked with independent software vendors (ISVs) to obtain tests, data sets and weights that constitute what is called a viewset. Each viewset represents the graphics rendering portion of an actual application. The ISVs that develop SPECopc viewsets have provided percentage weights for each test for which a performance number is reported. ISVs have defined these percentages to indicate the relative importance of a test within the overall application.

Higher results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSPECviewPerf 10 (higher better)
2core Catia Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 19.19
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 16.47
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 20.47
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 14.91
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 14.41
2core Maya Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 38.57
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 34.3
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 34.08
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 25.04
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 25.87
2core PROe Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13.85
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 13.03
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 12.75
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 10.34
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 12.94
4core Catia Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13.54
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 15.3
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 11.4
4core Maya Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 35.4
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 26.44
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 27.18
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 21.9
4core PROe Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 11.2
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 8.78
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 10.06
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 8.13

While the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor is fully utilized in the Catia tests, the other tests come out in favor of Intel's processors.

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Overdrive 3.0 and Dragon Platform
 Pg 3.  AMD Overdrive 3.0 - Black Edition Memory Profiles (BEMP)
 Pg 4.  Overclocking an Unlocked 45nm Phenom II X4
 Pg 5.  Power Consumption Tests, Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  Synthetic Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0, ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 9.  Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 10.  — Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 11.  Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 12.  Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 13.  A Timely Refresh?

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