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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's suggested retail price for the Phenom II X2 550 processor is a mere $103 USD ($110 CDN, £62 GBP), which positions it right between Intel's 2.6GHz E5300 processor and the Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz E7400 processor. This makes it both an inexpensive, easy upgrade for those looking to drop it into an existing socket AM2+ motherboard. The 3.1GHz clockspeed and potential overclocking headroom....
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Jun 05 2009   Julian Apong  
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CPU 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 (single-threaded)
800x600 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.47
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 114.905
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 97.89
1024x768 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.01
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 114.72
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 96.83
800x600 LQ (FPS) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 115.95
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 115.355
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 96.33
1024x768 LQ (FPS) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.06
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 115.52
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 95.95

At low resolutions and quality settings, the effect of CPU scaling during gaming can be seen pretty easily. The Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition has a speed advantage over the 720BE, but it can't keep up with the Core 2 Duo processors and their large, speedy L2 memory caches.

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 Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 701
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 757
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 667
800x600 LQ Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 692
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 752
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 654
1024x768 LQ Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 673
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 722
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
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 636

The Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition is quite a bit faster than the E8400 at the highest resolution setting in FEAR, but it's still not enough to overcome the raw speed of the Core 2 Duo E8500.

Whew! Many tests later and we're nearly ready to give you the final rub on AMD's Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition processor. PCSTATS final say on the Phenom II X2 550 BE comes right after the jump....

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Overdrive 3.0 - Black Edition Memory Profiles
 Pg 3.  Overclocking, Power Draw and Test Specs
 Pg 4.  CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra Processor/Memory
 Pg 6.  CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0, ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 7.  CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 8.  CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 9.  CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 10.  — CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 11.  Best Dual-Core Chip for $110?

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