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AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz Socket AM3 Triple-Core Processor Review

AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz Socket AM3 Triple-Core Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Enter the AMD Athlon II X3 435 processor, the focus of this PCSTATS review. It's a 2.9GHz triple-core socket AM3 CPU built on the Propus die. So is it better to get a dual core CPU, a triple-core CPU or a quad-core CPU?
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Oct 21 2009   Julian Apong  
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32-Bit CPU 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 - Windows Vista
Render Time (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 113.8
Intel Core i5 750 100.54
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 360.42
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 382.88
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 366.59
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 400.52
AMD Athlon II X4 620 121.29
AMD Athlon II X3 435 145.1
AMD Athlon II X2 250 416.83
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 225.48
Render Average (Pixels Per Sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 2303.61
Intel Core i5 750 2607.31
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 1445.39
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 1357.27
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 2816.66
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 1300.42
AMD Athlon II X4 620 2161.3
AMD Athlon II X3 435 1806.69
AMD Athlon II X2 250 1244.47
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 1162.59

Pov-Ray is an excellent example of multi-threading performance, and the Athlon II X3 435 slots right between the dual-core and quad-core processors in this benchmark.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportPov-Ray 3.7 BETA 30 - Windows 7
Render Time (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 100.06
Intel Core i5 750 100.7
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 192.4
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 92.76
AMD Athlon II X4 620 121.73
AMD Athlon II X3 435 144.39
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 224.06
Render Average (Pixels Per Sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 2619.79
Intel Core i5 750 2603.22
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 1362.53
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 2826.14
AMD Athlon II X4 620 2153.54
AMD Athlon II X3 435 1815.48
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 1169.96

Pov-Ray again doesn't show a substantial difference between Windows 7 and Windows Vista scores, so not much changes in the way the processor rank here.

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 - Windows Vista
2core Catia Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 19.19
Intel Core i5 750 18
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 15.43
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 16.47
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 15.57
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 9.31
AMD Athlon II X4 620 15.18
AMD Athlon II X3 435 17.69
AMD Athlon II X2 250 17.48
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 9.38
2core Maya Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 38.57
Intel Core i5 750 36.63
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 33.21
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 34.3
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 33.55
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 31.3
AMD Athlon II X4 620 31.36
AMD Athlon II X3 435 29.74
AMD Athlon II X2 250 31.1
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 29.15
2core PROe Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13.85
Intel Core i5 750 12.7
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 9.75
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 13.03
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 11.41
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 7.83
AMD Athlon II X4 620 10.58
AMD Athlon II X3 435 9.58
AMD Athlon II X2 250 9
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 7.49

SPECviewPerf's scores are, as always, all over the place. Interpret as you will....

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSPECviewPerf 10 - Windows 7
2core Catia Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 16.33
Intel Core i5 750 17.91
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 14.01
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 19.7
AMD Athlon II X4 620 17.19
AMD Athlon II X3 435 14.2
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 11.12
2core Maya Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 40.51
Intel Core i5 750 37.41
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 32.63
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 36.9
AMD Athlon II X4 620 29.73
AMD Athlon II X3 435 32.07
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 29.26
2core PROe Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 14.38
Intel Core i5 750 13.91
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 10.28
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 12.63
AMD Athlon II X4 620 9.66
AMD Athlon II X3 435 9.75
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 10.02

SPECViewPerf again gives scores that are all over the place. PCSTATS is considering dropping this benchmark from its processor suite, let's us know what you think...

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon II X3 435
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz Socket AM3 Triple-Core Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Processor Power Draw, Core-by-Core
 Pg 3.  Triple-Core Overclocking
 Pg 4.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 5.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Processor / Memory
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Memory
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: wPrime2.0
 Pg 10.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.3, WinRAR
 Pg 11.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 12.  — 32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 13.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06
 Pg 14.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 15.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 16.  Bargain Basement or Triprocessor To Avoid?

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