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AMD Phenom X4 B3 Stepping Analysed - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

AMD's Phenom has recently undergone modifications to make it more competitive. Can it now hold a candle to Intel?

| AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 8, 2008 4:00 am

Test Systems

 

AMD Test System

 

CPUs: AMD Phenom X4 9850, AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (Supplied by AMD)

 

Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe (Supplied by AMD)

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1168 Geil (Supplied by Geil)

 

Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)

 

Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)

 

Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: AMD Driver 2.4.1504, Forceware 163.21

 

Intel Test System

 

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)

 

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus Extreme (Supplied by ASUS)

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR3-1600 XMP (Supplied by OCZ)

 

Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)

 

Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)

 

Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: Intel INF Update 8.4.0.1018, Forceware 163.21

 

Today we are doing a full set of CPU tests on Phenom X4 by comparing it against Intel's Core 2 Quad based CPU at similar clock speeds. We are testing the Phenom at three different levels.

 

We did tests at 9850 specs (2.5GHz), 9750 (2.4GHz) and at our overclocked 2.7GHz level. Our Intel system was clocked back to 2.4GHz and also at its 2.66GHz stock speed. This gives us a good idea of how the CPU goes against the Intel CPU at similar clock speeds.

 

EVEREST Ultimate Edition

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2006

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

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EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.

 

 

 

AMD's K10 has a far better memory controller than that of the Core 2 platform, thanks to its integrated nature. While it is better than the Core 2 design, the K8 and K10 memory controllers are pretty close when using DDR2-800.

 

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