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Benchmark Results: Productivity

AMD Athlon II X2 / Phenom II X2 And Low-Power CPU Bonanza
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A lack of threading makes this compression utility less interesting than the new version of WinRAR that follows it. Nevertheless, the Phenom II X2’s first-place finish here is notable. Both of the Intel CPUs perform comparably, and an IPC advantage in favor of the low-power Phenom IIs allows it a win over the 3 GHz Athlon II X2.

The latest beta of WinRAR incorporates 64-bit support and better thread utilization, so again, the two quad-core competitors place first and second (though it’s the low-power Phenom II X4 905e on top this time). A 600 MHz clock rate advantage allows the Phenom II X2 to sneak past the triple-core Phenom II, but the X3 705e does manage a fourth place finish. Both the Athlon II X2 and Pentium E6300 bring up the rear.

Also 64-bit-enabled and thread-aware, 3ds Max 2009 shows a clear proclivity for our quad-core contenders, handing the Core 2 Quad Q8400 a small victory over the Phenom II X4 905e. The tri-core X3 705e takes third place, and the higher-clocked dual-cores fall into place immediately after.

AVG does a great job demonstrating the benefits of multi-core processors, as the scaling from quad- to triple- to dual-core computing is bright as day.

With Photoshop CS4 now in our suite (and loaded with threaded filters), it’s easy to see the benefit in jumping from AMD’s triple- and dual-core chips to its quad-core 905e. Similarly, there’s a huge difference between the Pentium E6300 and Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q8400.

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