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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor represents a slight clock speed increase over the previous forerunner, the quad-core 955 Black Edition, and competes with Intel's existing quad-core family of socket 775 CPUs.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Aug 19 2009   Julian Apong  
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32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5

Cinebench R10 Source: CINEBENCH

CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performance 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 technologies), MAXON CINEBENCH will run a second test using all available CPU power.

Higher results are best. Cinebench is multi-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCinebench R10
1 CPU (split between cores) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 3066
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3475
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3306
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3066
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 2843
AMD Athlon II X2 250 2686
x CPU (full load all cores) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 12640
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 6732
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 6339
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 10955
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 5518
AMD Athlon II X2 250 5205

Using just a single score, both the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition and its rival, the Core i7 920 manage to tie in Cinebench. With all threads loaded up (four for the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, eight for the i7 920), things get more interesting. The Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition gives the Core i7 920 CPU a serious run for its money, it's about 13% slower in this test (higher results are better).

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) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 0.261
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 0.585
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 0.610
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 0.345
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 0.377
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 0.623
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 0.767
AMD Athlon II X2 250 0.822
Time to Complete 50 Photo's: (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13.0
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 29.2
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 30.5
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 17.2
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 17.9
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 31.2
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 38.3
AMD Athlon II X2 250 41.1

Bibble5 is a great photo-ediging program for illustrating the everyday benefits of multi-core processors. With the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition in the drivers seat, processing time to convert 50 RAW files to JPEG format is neatly halved when compared to dual core processors with similar speeds (like the 3.0GHz Intel E8500). Again, we see an incremental advantage to the X4 965 BE over the X4 955 BE.

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Overdrive 3.0 and Dragon Platform
 Pg 3.  Core-by-Core System Power Draw
 Pg 4.  Black Edition Overclocking - Breaking 4.4GHz?
 Pg 5.  Test Specs + 32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007
 Pg 6.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra CPU / Memory
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 10.  — 32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 11.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 12.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 13.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 14.  Core i5 or Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition?

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