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Test Setup

AMD Phenom vs. Athlon Core Shootout
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System Hardware
AMD Platform AM2
(AMD 790FX)
Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe, Rev.1.02G
AMD 790FX, BIOS : 0603 (11/30/2007)
2x 1 GB Corsair DDR2-800 CM2X1024-8888-C4D, Timings 4-4-4-12
DVD-ROM Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU : 670 MHz
Memory : 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Sound Card Integrated
Power Supply Coolermaster RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
DirectX 10 DirectX 10 (Vista default)
DirectX 9 Version : April 2007
Graphics Card ATI Radeon Version 7.11 (54440)
AMD-Chipset Version 3.0.642 (28/11/2008)
Java Java Runtime Environment 6.0 Update 1

Benchmarks and Settings

3D Games
Warhammer Mark of Chaos Version : 1.006.000
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : game default
Multiple CPU/Core
Demo : THG Timedemo (1 minutes)
Quake 4 Version : 1.3 Final
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : game default
Multicore off
Video Quality : Medium
Benchmark I : THG Timedemo
Benchmark II : playnettimedemo id_demo001
(official ID-Soft NetTimeDemo)
Unreal Tournament 2004 Version : 3369
UMark : 2.0.0
Video Mode : 1280x1024
High Image Quality
Bots : 16
Benchmark : AS-Junkyard
Serious Sam 2 Version : 2.070
Video Mode : 1024x768
HDR Rendering : off
Renderer : Direct3D
Filtering mode : none
Antialiasing mode : none
Benchmark : Greendale
Supreme Commander Version : 3.220
Video Mode : 1024x768
Video Quality : game default
Vsync = off
Benchmark : real 60 second game
with real three computer physics
Prey Version : 1.3
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : game default
Vsync = off
Benchmark : THG-Demo
Audio
iTunes 7.2 Version : 7.1.1.5
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
MP3 High Quality (160 kbps)
Lame MP3 Version 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
Video
Pinnacle Studio 11 Plus
Version : 11.0.0.5082
Encoding and Transition Rendering
Private MPEG2-Cam-Movie
Video : 720 x 480 Pixel, NTSC, 6000 kbits/sec
Audio : MPEG Layer 2, 224 kbits/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 48 kHz
File Type : MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)
TMPEG Version : 4.2.10.211
import file : Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 2 Minutes
Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Kanal, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps)
DivX Version : 6.6.1

- Main Menu -
Profile : Home Theater Profile (720 x 576)
1-pass, 780 kbit/s

- Codec Menu -
Encoding mode : Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
XviD Version : 1.1.2 (01/11/2006)
Target quantizer : 1.00 (maximum quality)
Clone DVD 2 Version : 2.908
DVD "Terminator II SE" (English version)
Transcoding from DVD-9 to DVD-4.7
Audio : English Dolby AC-3/6 (surround) - DTS
Subtitle : no
Mainconcept H.264 Encoder Version : 2.0
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
24 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
Audio : MPEG Layer 2 (48 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit)
Stream : Transport
Codec : H.264
Mode : NTSC (29.97 FPS)
Profile : High
Applications
Winrar Version 3.70 BETA 8
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Benchmark : THG-Workload
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9 Version : 9.0
Rendering a Dragon picture
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Maxon Cinema 4D Release 10 Version : 10.008
Rendering from a scene
"Water drop at a Rose"
Resolution : 1280 x 1024 - 8Bit (50 frames)
Adobe Photoshop CS 3 Version : 10.0x20070321
Filtering from a 69 MB TIF-Photo
Benchmark : Tomshardware-Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Programmed by Tom’s Hardware using Delphi 2006
Filters : Crosshatch, Glass, Sumi-e, Accented Edges, Angled Strokes, Sprayed Strokes
Deep Fritz 10 Version : Nov 16 2006
Synthetics
3DMark06 Version : 1.10
1280x1024 - 32 bit
Graphics and CPU Default Benchmark
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.2.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra XI SP1c Version 2007.5.11.40
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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    spearhead , June 19, 2008 1:18 AM
    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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    tagasur , June 27, 2008 12:08 PM
    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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    brian1143 , March 11, 2009 11:28 PM
    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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    mypobox , September 27, 2010 3:07 PM
    Is an athlon II x3 really better then a phenom I x4 for 73$ at newegg ??