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AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 45nm Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 45nm Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition processor is one of the first Phenom II processors, and it's got a secret that has PCSTATS very excited.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Feb 28 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 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 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

Cinebench is only a narrow win for the AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, but a win nonetheless. The Core 2 Duo processors enjoy a clock-speed advantage over the triple-core 720BE, which brings their dual-core performance almost in line with the AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition.

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 0.61
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 Photos: (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 29.2
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 30.5
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

While Bibble is able to scale to multiple cores effectively, it's still a little bit faster on the Core 2 Duo processors thanks to their higher clock speeds. To see the real benefit of parallel processing, a quad-core or octo-thread (as is the case of the Core i7 920 with HT enabled) processor is required.

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 45nm Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Enter the Dragon (Platform)
 Pg 3.  Socket AM3 and compatibility
 Pg 4.  System Power Draw Tests
 Pg 5.  45nm Overclocking Potential?
 Pg 6.  Test System Specs / Benchmarks: Sysmark, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Processor / 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.  Conclusions: World's First Triple-Core CPU

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