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Six-Core Analysis: AMD’s Phenom II X6 Gets Scaled Down
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System Hardware
HardwareDetails
Performance Benchmarks
Motherboard (Socket AM3)Asus Crosshair IV Formula (Rev. 1.0), Chipset: AMD 890FX, BIOS: 0701 (04/02/2010)
CPU AMD IAMD Phenom II X6 1090T (45 nm, 3.2 GHz, 6 x 512KB L2 and 6MB L3 Cache, TDP 125W, Rev. C3)
RAM DDR32 x 2GB DDR3-1333 (OCZ3G2000LV4GK 8-8-8-24)
GraphicsSapphire Radeon HD 5850
GPU: Cypress (725 MHz), Graphics RAM: 1,024MB GDDR5 (2,000 MT/s), Stream Processors: 1,440
Hard DriveWestern Digital VelociRaptor, 300GB (WD3000HLFS)
10,000 RPM, SATA/300, 16MB Cache
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V 750W
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate x64
Updated on 2010-03-03
Drivers and Settings
AMD Chipset DriversCatalyst 10.3 Motherboard/Chipset Drivers
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
iTunesVersion: 9.0.3.15
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min.
Convert to AAC audio format
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min.
Convert WAV to MP3 audio format
Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kbps)
Video Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.94
Video: Big Buck Bunny (720x480, 23.972 frames) 5 min.
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-channel, English to Video: AVC1 Audio1: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept Reference v2Version: 2.0.0.1555
MPEG-2 to H.264
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec. HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2)
Audio:
MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2-channel, 16-bit, 224 Kbps)
Codec: H.264 Pro
Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS)
Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Application Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
7-ZipVersion 9.1 beta
LZMA2
Syntax "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
WinRARVersion 3.92
RAR
Syntax "winrar a -r -m3"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
WinZip 14Version 14.0 Pro (8652)
WinZIP Commandline Version 3
ZIPX
Syntax "-a -ez -p -r"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
Autodesk 3d Studio Max 2010Version: 10 x64
Rendering Space Flyby Mentalray (SPECapc_3dsmax9)
Frame: 248
Resolution: 1440 x 1080
Cinebench 11.5Version 11.5 Build CB25720DEMO
CPU Test, single- and multi-threaded
Adobe Photoshop CS 4 (64-Bit)Version: 11
Filtering a 16MB TIF (15000x7266)
Filters:
Radial Blur (Amount: 10; Method: zoom; Quality: good)
Shape Blur (Radius: 46 px; custom shape: Trademark sysmbol)
Median (Radius: 1px)
Polar Coordinates (Rectangular to Polar)
Adobe Acrobat 9 ProfessionalVersion: 9.0.0 (Extended)
== Printing Preferenced Menu ==
Default Settings: Standard
== Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu ==
Encrypt all documents (128-bit RC4)
Open Password: 123
Permissions Password: 321
Microsoft Powerpoint 2007Version: 2007 SP2
PPT to PDF
PowerPoint Document (115 pages)
Adobe PDF-Printer
FritzFritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.3.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02 Patch 1901
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.0.2.0 Patch 1901
PCMark Benchmark
Memories Benchmark
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version: 2010.1.16.10
Processor Arithmetic, Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth
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  • 25 Hide
    randomizer , June 24, 2010 6:56 AM
    WinZIP should just be dropped from the benchmarking suite until a multithreaded version comes out. It's always the same, flatline graph.
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    lashabane , June 24, 2010 7:11 AM
    randomizerWinZIP should just be dropped from the benchmarking suite until a multithreaded version comes out. It's always the same, flatline graph.


    Speaking of graphs.

    Toms - The majority of your graphs are in descending order (6 cores to 1), but some of them are ascending. Was a little confusing for a moment until I realized the switch up.
  • 15 Hide
    opmopadop , June 24, 2010 9:04 AM
    Winzip is dead. Can you use 7zip from now on please Tom!
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  • 7 Hide
    tacoslave , June 24, 2010 6:43 AM
    thats a nice motherboard
  • 25 Hide
    randomizer , June 24, 2010 6:56 AM
    WinZIP should just be dropped from the benchmarking suite until a multithreaded version comes out. It's always the same, flatline graph.
  • 9 Hide
    dirtmountain , June 24, 2010 7:04 AM
    Interesting article, thanks for the work.
  • 20 Hide
    lashabane , June 24, 2010 7:11 AM
    randomizerWinZIP should just be dropped from the benchmarking suite until a multithreaded version comes out. It's always the same, flatline graph.


    Speaking of graphs.

    Toms - The majority of your graphs are in descending order (6 cores to 1), but some of them are ascending. Was a little confusing for a moment until I realized the switch up.
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    HalfHuman , June 24, 2010 8:09 AM
    good job on the tests! i have the same complaint: using a 750w psu with a system that uses between 80 to 200watts. a 300-400 watt psu would be best.

    the system is idling at 80watts and the system is using a velociraptor (which is not that efficient) and a discrete gpu (idling at ~15watts)... this means you can get this baby to idle at 60watts or so if you use the onboard gpu and a more efficient hdd... and if you use a proper size, efficent psu then this could get even lower. that is so sexy! one could make a silent and efficient system with this. no wonder thubans are in short supply.
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    HalfHuman , June 24, 2010 8:11 AM
    and yes... drop that stupid winzip from tests. hardly anybody using that. you can make zips with windows xp. if you are lazy you just trial winrar (indefinetly :) ) and if you are not lazy you get 7zip.
  • 15 Hide
    opmopadop , June 24, 2010 9:04 AM
    Winzip is dead. Can you use 7zip from now on please Tom!
  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , June 24, 2010 9:07 AM
    Just replace winzip with 7zip it support multi thread if i recall
  • 9 Hide
    amnotanoobie , June 24, 2010 9:32 AM
    would have liked to see how much further you could overclock this thing if you're only running 3 or 4 cores.
  • 1 Hide
    xrodney , June 24, 2010 9:37 AM
    Thing with lame is that nothing limits you to run it only once, I am usually starting at least 4 of them at once, each using one of my 4 CPU cores. This way it scales even better then most multithread applications.
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    haplo602 , June 24, 2010 9:53 AM
    freaking GRAPH INCONSISTENCY !!!! this seems to be the curse of this site. No one of the reviewers thinks about proper data presentation. If you are graphing 6 to 1 cores performance numbers, do it consistently. that way I can just look at the best result in the graph nad see which one was worst and which one was best. now I need to read the column labels anyway in each graph just to make sure I get the correct information.
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    haplo602 , June 24, 2010 9:56 AM
    also what's with the Cinebench single threaded graph ? all have the same result except single core but top to bottom it goes 4 3 6 5 2 1 !!! WTF !!!!
  • 2 Hide
    haplo602 , June 24, 2010 10:00 AM
    Normalized Power And Efficiency Results page is all nuts ... the unit is % not Watts

    realy crap data presentation in the whole article ...
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    randomizer , June 24, 2010 10:08 AM
    haplo602also what's with the Cinebench single threaded graph ? all have the same result except single core but top to bottom it goes 4 3 6 5 2 1 !!! WTF !!!!

    It's ordered from best to worst (top to bottom), but as the graphs are probably auto-generated the labels aren't taken into account and equivalent results don't have any particular order.
  • 1 Hide
    Reynod , June 24, 2010 11:04 AM
    Interesting article.

    A big jump from a single core to a dual ...

    Well done.
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    psycho sykes , June 24, 2010 11:13 AM
    Off-topic but I would love an educated answer..
    Any news on whether 'Fusion' PPU's will work on existing MB's?
    Also I have a doubt about Liano or whatever (the desktop part).. They say that it has the processing power of an HD5770 for graphics calculations but at the same time it's only one unit doing all the maths.. so does this mean that it can reach that goal only when it doesn't have a lot of CPU jobs?
    Is it meant to be the winning competitor of SandyBridge or is that what Bulldozer is all about?
    Thanks in advance..
    And I'd also like some sources for the answers you provide..
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    Onus , June 24, 2010 12:03 PM
    Hmmm, it may not be the best "gamer-CPU," but for those less interested in maximum overclocks (such as myself), and/or who multi-task a lot or use well-threaded apps, this chip looks very nice.
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    psycho sykes , June 24, 2010 12:42 PM
    Any 'true' reason for the thump down?
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    cknobman , June 24, 2010 12:51 PM
    Nice article but nothing really shown that 95% of Toms readers didnt already know fairly well.

    As Toms has stated a thousand times if you need more cores buy the model with them if you dont stick with the lower core model and save your money, anything else is a waste of money or a crapshot.
  • 5 Hide
    marraco , June 24, 2010 1:12 PM
    so, 4 cores saturate the memory controller. Then it would be interesting to test that with different memory clocks.
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