Six New Phenom II And Athlon II CPUs From AMD

Benchmark Results: Applications

These two applications clearly differ when it comes to support for threading, with iTunes barely differentiating between processors. Conversely, HandBrake clearly utilizes multiple threads, showing an advantage to the Phenom II X6 1075T over Intel's Hyper-Threaded Core i7-920.

The Core i5-750 shows an advantage over the Core i7-920 in iTunes. This is one of those artifacts of threading versus raw clock rate. The Core i5-750 enjoys a higher maximum Turbo Boost frequency than the Core i7-920, allowing it to hit higher frequencies in single-threaded workloads like this one. Were iTunes optimized to run across four cores, the Core i7 would have undoubtedly established a lead.

When it comes to video encoding, TMPGEnc’s DivX and MainConcept’s H.264 encoders take good advantage of the Phenom II X6’s extra processing cores, while TMPGEnc’s Xvid encoder performs faster on the Intel models.

As far as 2D and 3D graphics are concerned, multiple cores are a necessity. 3ds Max even shows a small advantage in favor of the Phenom II X6’s extra processing cores. But it also appreciates the Hyper-Threading capabilities of Intel's Core i7-920.

Photoshop demonstrates a definite performance advantage when run on Intel processors compared to AMD’s similarly priced counterparts, although the Phenom II X6 does place well here.

AVG shows it can use more than two CPU cores, but aside from that, it doesn’t seem to make a difference whether clock speeds or architecture changes.

WinRAR definitely performs better on the high-end Intel processors. The Pentium G6950 is bested by the Phenom II X2 560. 7-Zip appears to take better advantage of multiple threads, and the Phenom II X6 1075T edges out a slight win here.

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  • aznshinobiDo I hear comeback from AMD? Hopefully the Bulldozer shows results with the AM3+/AM3r2 in benchs.

    this is hardly a comeback, they simply filled in segments on the price range with not-so-new products. a little bump in speed, probably better binned, and a few more bucks. seems like the logical thing to do at this point, until bulldozer anyhow
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  • MoreCores...1075T can not, and it's more expensive than i7 920.


    At $145, he 1075T is $40 cheaper than any Core i7 I can find online.
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  • Do I hear comeback from AMD? Hopefully the Bulldozer shows results with the AM3+/AM3r2 in benchs.
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  • Good article and the 1075T is a good addition to the 6-Core line...
    And most of all, thanks for confirming that all the current socket will be replaced next year including AMD.
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  • I'd love to see these new chips pitted against the T1000 processor.
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  • aznshinobiDo I hear comeback from AMD? Hopefully the Bulldozer shows results with the AM3+/AM3r2 in benchs.

    this is hardly a comeback, they simply filled in segments on the price range with not-so-new products. a little bump in speed, probably better binned, and a few more bucks. seems like the logical thing to do at this point, until bulldozer anyhow
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  • I'd rather it was a 970T at 3.6 ghz with turbo up to 4.1ghz.
    Then again, who wouldn't?
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  • I'm still waiting for Bulldozer, I hope that Bulldozer makes AMD king again. If so I'll buy another AMD system. I've been waiting since the early Dualcore Windsor cores.
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  • nothing new here good on AMD if they keep the prices the same
    the 645 and 450 are really crazy good deals
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  • Our 6 or their 4... Yeah, I'll still take i7 4 cores over these crappy 6cores. Not to mention, the i7 920 can be pushed another 50% in speed, 1075T can not, and it's more expensive than i7 920.
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  • MoreCores...1075T can not, and it's more expensive than i7 920.


    At $145, he 1075T is $40 cheaper than any Core i7 I can find online.
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  • Yay! :)
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  • are these temps with stock cooler? they seem to be a big off...


    oh sorry, missed the minus ambient part...

    wow, thats kinda hot.... (30C ambient in here :( )
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  • CleeveAt $145, he 1075T is $40 cheaper than any Core i7 I can find online.

    I think you meant $245, Don.

    I find it great to see the Phenom II 970 still capable of Cool'n'Quiet idle mode while overclocked. C'n'Q doesn't work on my 720BE at any speed over 3.2GHz. Is that something common to the C3-Stepping models?
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  • Holy shit, 3.5 Ghz stock. I know it really doesn't mean much, but I still like the sound of that.
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  • Sandra is very bad synthetic benchmark. It clearly favors Intel architecture and the differences are not that dramatic in real world applications. With enough bribes you seemingly can get nice optimizations.
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  • A very well written article. It covered all the bases and was very informative. Damn good work, it's why people check in at Tom's Hardware.
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  • I'm happy that my Core i5 750 stands up to 2 updates (speed bumps) of the Phenom II 955 (the 965 and 970). It even beats the 1075T!

    I think the 750 is still the better CPU in it's price range.
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  • Yeah there should hve been at least a core i3 fo good measure against the AMD 2's...
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  • Very cheap tactic to lure the uneducated masses who will think that clock speed is king.

    As far as gaming goes, an i5-750 at stock speed still craps all over these chips...and guess what? The i5 can also be easily overclocked! By yourself!!! OMGWTFBBQ1!1!
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  • How are the StarCraft 2 benchmarks possible? I NEVER drop below 55 fps and I'm using an Athlon II X3 445 with an HD 5750 and 4 GB of RAM. I don't get it.
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  • ThePeacemaker10How are the StarCraft 2 benchmarks possible? I NEVER drop below 55 fps and I'm using an Athlon II X3 445 with an HD 5750 and 4 GB of RAM. I don't get it.


    I should also mention I'm running on High with 1680x1050 resolution.
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