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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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Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR

Crysis 1.2

Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

Higher results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis v1.2.1 No AA
800x600 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.47
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 104.09
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.98
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 83.65
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.41
1024x768 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.01
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 103.75
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.72
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 83.77
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.71
800x600 LQ (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 115.95
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 104.09
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.14
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 84.09
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.01
1024x768 LQ (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.06
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 104.59
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.19
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 84.13
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.47

Crysis, like most games, is designed for dual-core threading, and here the Phenom II X4 955 BE processor just isn't efficient in clock-for-clock performance to win against the Core i7 920 processor. That being said, it's scores are nothing to sneeze at, being no more than about 10-17FPS behind the Core i7.

Sierra FEAR 1.08

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

Higher results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.08 No AA (single-threaded)
640x480 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 701
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 713
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 711
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 632
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 642
800x600 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 692
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 689
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 703
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 590
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 597
1024x768 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 673
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 572
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 667
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 483
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 491

In FEAR the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and the Intel chips are incredibly close at lower resolutions, although at 1024x768 the Core i7 and the 955BE switch places.

That's a lot of benchmarks to consider for a very simple question - is the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor good? Comparing all these numbers can be pretty daunting, but don't panic PCSTATS has the plain answer next...

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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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