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Low-Power Face-Off: AMD's Athlon X2 Vs. Intel's Core 2 Duo
System Hardware
AMD Low Power CPU
AMD Athlon X2 5050e (65 nm, 2.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, ADH5050IAA5DO, Brisbane G2, TDP 45 W)
AMD Standard Power CPU
AMD Athlon X2 5400+ Black Edition (65 nm, 2.8 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, ADO5400IAA5DS, Brisbane G2, TDP 65 W)
Intel Low Power CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550s (45 nm, 2.83 GHz, 12 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. E0)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200s (45 nm, 2.33 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. R0)
Intel Standard Power CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (45 nm, 3.16 GHz, 6 MB L2 Cache, 65 W TDP, Rev. E0)
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (45 nm, 2.53 GHz, 3 MB L2 Cache, 65 W TDP, Rev. M0)
AMD Motherboard (Socket AM2+)
Gigabyte MA78GM-US2H (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: AMD780G, SB700
BIOS: F2 (01/02/2009)
Intel Motherboard ( Socket LGA775)
Intel DG45ID (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Intel G45, ICH10R
BIOS: 0089 (01/09/2009)
2x 2 GB DDR2-1066 (Crucial CT25664AA1067)
operated at DDR2-800 (CL4-4-4-12)
Western Digital Caviar SE 16, 500 GB (WD5000AAKS)
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache
Blu-Ray Drive
Power SupplyFortron FSP220-60LE, 220 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
Drivers  And Settings
AMD Chipset Drivers
Catalyst Control Center 9.2
AMD Graphics Drivers
Integrated with chipset drivers
Intel Chipset Drivers
Installation Utility
3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
World In Conflict
Version:, Video Mode: 1280x1024, Video Quality: low details, Demo: Game-Benchmark
Unreal Tournament 3
Version: 1.2, Video Mode: 1680x1050, Sound and DirectX10, Video Quality: Texture Details: 1, Level Details: 1,
Demo: vCTF-CONTAINMENT_fly, Time: 12/60
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
Version:, Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min, Default format AAC
Lame MP3
Version 3.98, Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, wave to mp3, 160 Kbps
Video Benchmarks and Settings
Pinnacle Studio 12
Encoding and Transition Rendering
DV camcorder movie
Video: 720 x 576 Pixel, PAL, 25 fps, 6000 Kbits/sec
Audio: MPEG Layer 2, 224 Kbits/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 44.1 KHz
File Type: MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)

Video: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Kanal, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DviX 6.8.3
Version: 6.8.3
== Main Menu ==
== Codec Menu ==
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
Enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
== Video Menu ==
Quantization: MPEG-2
XviD 1.1.3
Version: 1.1.3
Other Options / Encoder Menu -
Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 plugin Pro 1.5.1
Version: 1.5.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit, 224 kbps)
Codec: H.264
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Profile: Tom's Hardware Settings for Qct-Core
Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 HDTV
Mainconcept H.264 Plugin 3.2
Windows Media Encoder 9.1 AP HDTV
Windows Audio Encoder 10 Pro
Version: 3.0
NTSC MPEG2-HDTV 1920x1080 (24 sec)
Import: Mainconcept NTSCHDTV 1080i
Export: Adobe Media Encoder
== Video ==
Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Frame: 1920x1080
Frame Rate: 29.97
Maximum Bitrate [kbps]: 2000
Image Quality: 50.00
== Audio ==
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Audio Format:
160 kbps, 44.1 kHz, 2 channel 16 bit (A/V) CBR
HD Playback (Blue Ray)PowerDVD 8
Blue Ray - Disc (John Rambo)
Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen)
Codec: H.264
Applications Benchmarks and Settings
Grisoft AVG Anti-virus 8
Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1533, Benchmark, Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
WinRAR 3.8
Version 3.80 BETA 4
WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 KB
Benchmark: THG-Workload
WinZip 11
Version 11.2 (8094)
Compression = Best
Benchmark: THG-Workload
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 Tomshardware using Delphi 2007
Accented Edges
Angled Strokes
Sprayed Strokes
Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional
Version: 9.0.0 (Extended)
== Printing Preferences Menu ==
Default Settings: Standard
== Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu ==
Encrypt all documents (128 bit RC4)
Open Password: 123
Permissions Password: 321
Microsoft Powerpoint 2007
Version: 2007
Powerpoint Document (115 Pages)
Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 11
Version: 11
Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMarK Vantage
Version: 1.02, Options: Performance, Graphics Test 1, Graphics Test 2, CPU Test 1, CPU Test 2
PCMarK Vantage
Version: 1.00
PCMark Benchmark
Memories Benchmark
Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2
Version 2008.5.14.24
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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