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AMD Phenom X3 Triple Core CPU

By: Cameron Johnson | AMD CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 22, 2008 4:00 am

Test System


Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP (Supplied by AMD)


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186 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: ATI Catalyst 8.3, Forceware 163.21


Our test system remains the same from our Phenom X4 review. The board, memory and in all the entire setup is unchanged. While AMD does recommend the 780G chipset for the Phenom X3 (as this is where its price point is), we decided to go and run it on the AMD 790FX powered ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe motherboard.


We simulated both 8750 and 8650 speeds (2.4GHz and 2.3GHz) and compared them to the same clock speeds in the AMD Phenom X4 range to determine how much performance has been lost, if any on the X3s. We also threw in the older Athlon 64 X2 clocked at 3GHz to see if it's actually worth the upgrade.


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Due to a slightly slower memory controller, the X3 is a little behind the X4, but not by much at all. Due to the on-die nature of the controller, it's after bandwidth, not clock speeds. This is what AMD really was aiming for, and what it has managed to get out of the X3 and X4 families.


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