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Test System And Benchmarks

Athlon II X3 435: AMD's Three-Core, 2.9 GHz, $87 Triple-Threat
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We chose the Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard for our CPU benchmarks, as it supports all of the Athlon II and Phenom II CPUs that we will be testing. In addition, the integrated 785G graphic chipset will allow us to test power usage at the wall without a discrete graphics card present.

We'll be pitting the new Athlon II X3 435 against a host of AMD CPUs: the Athlon II X4 620, the Phenom II X2 550 BE, and the Athlon II X2 250. We will also be simulating a Phenom II X3 720 with a Phenom II X4 965 by lowering the CPU multiplier and disabling the forth CPU core (this is a method we have proven valid in the past, although it doesn't allow for power measurements).

In addition, we will be testing power consumption of some low-power models like the Phenom II X3 705e, the Athlon II X4 605e, and the Athlon II X2 240e.


AMD Test System
CPU

Athlon II X3 435 (2.9 GHz, No Shared Cache)
(Overclocked: 3.77 GHz)
Athlon II X4 620 (2.6 GHz, No Shared Cache)
Athlon II X2 250 (3.0 GHz, No Shared Cache)
Phenom II X2 550 BE (3.1 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Phenom II X3 705e (2.5 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Athlon II X4 605e (2.3 GHz, No Shared Cache)
Athlon II X2 240e (2.8 GHz, No Shared Cache)
Phenom II X3 720 BE* (2.8 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)

*Phenom II X3 720 simulated with a Phenom II 965 by lowering the multiplier and disabling the fourth CPU core

Motherboard

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
AMD 785G, BIOS 0410

Networking
Onboard Gigabit LAN controller
Memory

Mushkin PC3-10700
  2 x 2,048 MB, DDR3-1066, CL 9-9-9-24-33 1T
Overclocked: 1386 MHz @ CL 9-10-10-25-34 1T

Graphics

ATI Radeon HD 4890 Reference
900 MHz Core, 1GB GDDR5 @ 993 MHz

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Power

ePower EP-1200P10-T2
1,200W, ATX 12V, EPS 12v

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 x64
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers

ATI Catalyst 9.9

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games

Crysis

Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Medium Quality, No AA

Far Cry 2

Patch 1.03, DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Ultra High Quality, High Physics, Fire, and Trees, No AA

World In Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Very High Details, No AA / No AF

Audio/Video Encoding

iTunes

Version: 8.2.1.6 x64
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC

LAME MP3

Version: 3.98.2, wave to MP3
Audio CD "Terminator II" SE, 53 min

TMPGEnc

Version: 4.7.3.292
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.5

Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search

Xvid 1.2.2

Display encoding status = off

MainConcept Reference 1.6.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)

Productivity

Adobe Photoshop CS4

Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates

Autodesk 3ds Max 2009

Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5

Version: 8.5.287, Virus base: 270.12.16/2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

WinRAR 3.90

Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.0.1, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00 x64, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646

SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP4a

Version 2009.9.15.130, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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