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AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 3.6 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 3.6 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition is a quad-core, 3.6GHz socket AM3 chip with 6MB of L3 cache and 512KB of L2 cache per core. It's being released in tandem with the AMD Phenom II X4 840 CPU. Both processors are ideally suited to socket AM3 motherboards built around the recent AMD 890FX or 890GX chipsets.
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CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR / Conclusion

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. Cyrsis is single-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis v1.2.1 No AA
800x600 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 107.32
Intel Core i5 750 104.21
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 98.59
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 83.15
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 86.53
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 83.53
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 96.75
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition 92.29
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 93.4
AMD Phenom II X4 910e 81.23
AMD Phenom II X4 840 77.91
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 85.29
AMD Athlon II X4 645 74.23
AMD Athlon II X4 635 76.67
AMD Athlon II X4 620 70.81
AMD Athlon II X3 435 74.89
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 76.85
1024x768 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 109.32
Intel Core i5 750 106.22
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 97.25
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 88.16
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 85.6
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 83.32
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 96.7
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition 91.69
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 93.37
AMD Phenom II X4 910e 81.61
AMD Phenom II X4 840 77.39
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 88.88
AMD Athlon II X4 645 74.05
AMD Athlon II X4 635 75.69
AMD Athlon II X4 620 70.51
AMD Athlon II X3 435 74.28
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 76.86

In gaming tests like this you're best served with a faster videocard than anything else!

Still, it's interesting to see what, if any impact, the processor has on system performance by dialing back game resolutions and image quality to the least videocard-limiting factors. The AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition posts a result of 96FPS with everything dialed back, and yet the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 manages 98FPS.

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. FEAR is single-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.08 No AA
640x480 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 648
Intel Core i5 750 606
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 658
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 685
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 626
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 586
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 658
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition 665
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 733
AMD Phenom II X4 910e 494
AMD Phenom II X4 840 410
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 571
AMD Athlon II X4 645 400
AMD Athlon II X4 635 368
AMD Athlon II X4 620 400
AMD Athlon II X3 435 424
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 417
800x600 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 643
Intel Core i5 750 597
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 650
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 674
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 624
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 591
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 652
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition 654
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 723
AMD Phenom II X4 910e 491
AMD Phenom II X4 840 407
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 565
AMD Athlon II X4 645 389
AMD Athlon II X4 635 363
AMD Athlon II X4 620 391
AMD Athlon II X3 435 415
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 411
1024x768 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 644
Intel Core i5 750 593
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 645
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 660
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 622
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 585
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 646
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition 639
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 695
AMD Phenom II X4 910e 489
AMD Phenom II X4 840 410
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 566
AMD Athlon II X4 645 392
AMD Athlon II X4 635 362
AMD Athlon II X4 620 391
AMD Athlon II X3 435 414
AMD Athlon II X2 240e 410

Everything that was true about Crysis is doubly true for FEAR. The quad-core 3.6GHz AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition does relatively well, but no better than a dual core E8400 chip.

Now that PCSTATS has wrapped up the last benchmark set, let's put everything into perspective and consider whether the $195 AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition processor is a good buy or not.

Perpetual CPU Envy vs. Value for Performance

The prevailing opinion is that multi-threaded processors are great when computers are stressed by editing massive images in Photoshop, encoding full length movies into iPod friendly resolutions, recording multi-channel audio in a home studio, playing an intensive video game, watching Youtube, flipping through a 300 page PDF or when doing ALL OF THIS, at once. It's 2011 after all, we expect our computers to ramp up without complaint and four or more CPU cores just seems like the bare minimum to ensure that happens.

On the question of processors, clock speed and core counts are useful indicators to a degree, a minimum 6MB L3 Cache and 2.6GHz or higher frequency is a good place to start. The cost of dual, triple, quad and six-core processors is really so competitive that weighing the pro's and cons of multi-threaded application vs. single threaded application CPU performance is largely moot.

The performance differences do exist, don't get me wrong, but it's generally easier to just aim for the highest amount of cores given the first two pre-requisites of CPU cache and minimum clock speed are met. that brings us to the 3.6GHz AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition processor - currently the fastest quad-core chip for the socket AM3 platform and quite affordable at the release price of just $195 CDN ($195 USD, £117 GBP).

In terms of performance the AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE runs at mostly the same level as Intel's Core i5 750 CPU - both processors winning a few benchmarks against the other. Intel's processors do require a more substantial platform investment, while AMD continues to go to great pains to keep its socket AM3 chips as cross platform friendly as possible. This processor may be used on socket AM2+, AM3 and AM3+ motherboards for example.

Overclocking is the name of the game with every Black Edition processor and the socket AM3 Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition didn't disappoint! Using a mix of multiplier and bus speeds PCSTATS was able to coax a speed 4.4GHz from the Phenom II X4 97 Black Edition, an increase of 800MHz above its default 3.6GHz clock speed.

AMD's modest improvements to energy efficiency and strict adherence to a $199 price cap make the AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition easy to recommend IF you already own an AMD system and need a quick upgrade. A Phenom II X4 will bring you better performance in massive parallel tasks like video creation or ray tracing, in single threaded applications the 3.6GHz clock speed has its advantages too.

Bottom line, if you're looking to assemble an entirely new PC from the ground up, an Intel Core i5 and Core i7 computer will be a bit more pricy to build than an AMD Phenom II X4 platform is likely to set you back. That being said, Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture certainly has its benefits (at the time of this writing we were not able to include Sandy Bridge results) so invest a little time researching that processor too. Perpetual CPU envy will continue to crop up every three months to convince you otherwise, but where value for performance is considered the AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition has a strong case to make.

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Contents of Article: AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition
 Pg 1.  AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition 3.6 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Phenom II X4 975BE Overclocking Report
 Pg 3.  CPU System Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 4.  CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra Processor
 Pg 6.  CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra Memory
 Pg 7.  CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi
 Pg 8.  CPU Calculation Benchmarks: wPrime2.0
 Pg 9.  CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.3, Cinebench R10
 Pg 10.  CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Bibble 5
 Pg 11.  CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray 3.7
 Pg 12.  CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 13.  — CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR / Conclusion

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