AMD Phenom vs. Athlon Core Shootout

Audio Benchmarks

A lot of people import their audio files to iTunes in order to synchronize them to their iPod or iPhone. The conversion process takes some time, and it is slightly faster on Phenom than on the Athlon 64 X2. iTunes scales well with two processing cores, but typically doesn't benefit much from more than that.

Lame is one of the most popular MP3 encoding applications, as it can be highly customized via command line. It runs a bit faster on Phenom.

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  • its architecture it fine but
    it is clock speed the phenom lacks. if amd can just bump its speed up to around 3ghz-3.6ghz then it would make good competition towards faster intels. i can conclude from this benchmark that if you buy an phenom 9850 and clock it around 3ghz you have much more horse power then you would have with an athlon x2 6000+ however some benchmarks might tell you something else it makes sence if you use 1066mhz memory or just 800mhz mem
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  • i wish tom's would update this topic with new benchmarks on the amd phenom 9850be. i'd like to know if it's more stable now that the "nasty bug" has been remedied with the march 2008 product line refresh.
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  • Well this review says its not much more performance. I'm upgrading from 939 and actually thinking of getting the $60 AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 (AM2+) and OC it to at least 3ghz and run 1066 memory. I'd rather save the money for the future rather than have a few extra FPS.

    Intel's core i7 really is clearly the better processor with more headroom, but AMD has always had them in the price to performance ratio department. AMD isn't going away and perhaps they can make a better processor like when Athlon 64 came out or at least close the gap and let their price to performance ratio carry them the rest of the way. (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-phenom-ii,2119.html)
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  • Is an athlon II x3 really better then a phenom I x4 for 73$ at newegg ??
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