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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 Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Memory

SiSoft Sandra 2009 - Memory Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher bandwidth and lower latencies are best.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009 v15.72 - Memory - Windows Vista
Multicore Efficiency Bandwidth: (GB/s) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 30.51
Intel Core i5 750 13.21
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 9.57
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 9.11
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 4.7
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 4.75
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 3.67
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 3.72
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.86
AMD Athlon II X4 620 3.23
AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.98
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.06
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 3.09
Multicore Efficiency Latency: (ns) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 17
Intel Core i5 750 60
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 42
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 44
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 95
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 89
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 83
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 80
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 103
AMD Athlon II X4 620 103
AMD Athlon II X3 435 81
AMD Athlon II X2 250 91
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 95
Memory Bandwidth Int iSSE2: (GB/s) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 18.86
Intel Core i5 750 16.3
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 6.77
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 7.26
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 12.24
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 12.18
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 11.38
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 11.45
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 10.3
AMD Athlon II X4 620 11.23
AMD Athlon II X3 435 11.17
AMD Athlon II X2 250 10.25
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 10.23
Memory Bandwidth Float iSSE2: (GB/s) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 18.86
Intel Core i5 750 16.25
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 6.65
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 7.27
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 12.2
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 12.17
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 11.41
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 11.42
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 10.26
AMD Athlon II X4 620 11.23
AMD Athlon II X3 435 11.18
AMD Athlon II X2 250 10.25
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 10.24
Memory Latency (Random): (ns) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 81
Intel Core i5 750 79
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 86
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 77
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 83
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 83
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 82
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 84
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 87
AMD Athlon II X4 620 93
AMD Athlon II X3 435 92
AMD Athlon II X2 250 85
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 86
Memory Latency (Linear): (ns) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 9
Intel Core i5 750 8
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 12
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 11
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 15
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 15
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 14
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 15
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 16
AMD Athlon II X4 620 13
AMD Athlon II X3 435 15
AMD Athlon II X2 250 15
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 13

The Athlon II X3 435's lack of L3 cache really comes back to haunt it in this synthetic benchmark. Memory latencies are high and bandwidth is low, both of which hurt the Athlon II X3 435's multi-threading performance.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009.SP4 - Memory - Windows 7
Multicore Efficiency Bandwidth: (GB/s) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 32
Intel Core i5 750 13
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 9
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 4.66
AMD Athlon II X4 620 3.22
AMD Athlon II X3 435 3
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 3.1
Multicore Efficiency Latency: (ns) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 19
Intel Core i5 750 59
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 47
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 74
AMD Athlon II X4 620 102
AMD Athlon II X3 435 83
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 97
Memory Bandwidth Int iSSE2: (GB/s) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 18.87
Intel Core i5 750 16.6
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 7
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 12
AMD Athlon II X4 620 11.22
AMD Athlon II X3 435 11.16
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 10.27
Memory Bandwidth Float iSSE2: (GB/s) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 18.86
Intel Core i5 750 16.58
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 7.1
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 12
AMD Athlon II X4 620 11.23
AMD Athlon II X3 435 11.18
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 10.25
Memory Latency (Random): (ns) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 80
Intel Core i5 750 78
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 88
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 80
AMD Athlon II X4 620 93
AMD Athlon II X3 435 92
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 86
Memory Latency (Linear): (ns) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 9
Intel Core i5 750 8
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 12
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (140W) 14
AMD Athlon II X4 620 13
AMD Athlon II X3 435 15
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 13

Scores in Windows 7 and Windows Vista are nearly identical here, which is expected. Multicore efficiency and latency results are particularly uninspiring compared to the octo-threaded Intel Core i7 920 CPU... Muhahaha!

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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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