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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 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 (multi-threaded) higher pps better
Render Time (sec) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 113.8
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 360.42
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 382.88
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
Render Average (Pixels Per Sec) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 2303.61
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 1445.39
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 1357.27
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

Again, ray-tracing doesn't show any surprises, except for the 720BE's abnormally slow rendering times. The Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition is about 90% as fast as the Core 2 Duo E8500, which isn't bad since it's only 45% of the price.

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 (higher better)
2core Catia Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 19.19
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 15.43
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 16.47
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
2core Maya Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 38.57
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 33.21
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 34.3
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
2core PROe Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13.85
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 9.75
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 13.03
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

SPECviewPerf's results tend to be all over the place, sometimes showing the Core 2 Duo E8500 as being slower than the E8400. The Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition, however, doesn't do well in any of these tests.

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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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