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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: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5

Cinebench R10 Source: CINEBENCH

CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performace capabilities. CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores to render a photo-reaslistic image. The scene makes use of various CPU-intensive features such as reflection, ambient occlusion, area lights and procedural shaders. In the first run, the benchmark only uses one CPU (or CPU core), to ascertain a reference value. On computers that have multiple CPUs or CPU cores and on those who simulate multiple CPUs (via HyperThreading or similar technolgies), MAXON CINEBENCH will run a second test using all available CPU power. Higher results are best. Cinebench is multi-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCinebench R10 (multi-threaded) higher better
1 CPU (split between cores) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 3066
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3306
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 2920
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 2565
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 2570
x CPU (full load all cores) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 12640
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 6339
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 10455
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 7064
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 7104

In Cinebench R10's multi-core test, we see the Phenom II X4's four cores in one of its showcase environments: 3D rendering. It's score is beaten by the Intel Core i7's processor's HyperThreading, which splits the rendering into eight threads instead of four. The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition bests the AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition by a healthy margin.

Bibble 5.0 Source: Bibble Labs

Bibble 5 is a multi-threaded photographic workflow application that can be used to demonstrate the ability to scale work load across 4, 8, 16 or more processor cores. The basic process we will use for benchmarking is to convert a batch of 50 RAW image files from a digital SLR camera from their original RAW format to JPEG's at full resolution, using the applications default image settings.

Lower results are best.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportBibble 5.0
Batch RAW-to-JPEG Conversion: (sec/Image) Sec/Image Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 0.261
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 0.610
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 0.377
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 0.623
Time to Complete 50 Photos: (sec) Seconds Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13.0
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 30.5
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 17.9
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 31.2

Bibble 5 seems to like multi-theaded processors for converting RAW camera images to JPEG image format. The AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition nearly halves the conversion time of the higher-clocked Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, (17.9 vs 30.5 seconds respectively).

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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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