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Test Setup And Benchmarks

Socket AM3: AMD's Phenom II Gets DDR3
Hardware Configuration

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition @ 3 GHz (AM2+)

AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.6 GHz (AM3)

AMD Phenom II X4 910 simulated @ 2.6 GHz (AM2+)

AMD Phenom X4 9950 @ 2.6 GHz (AM2+)

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition @ 2.8 GHz (AM3)

AMD Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition @ 2.4 GHz (AM2+)

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16 GHz (LGA 775)

Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.66 GHz (LGA 1366)


Asus M4A79T Deluxe (790FX/SB750) Socket AM3

Asus M3A78-T (790GX/SB750) Socket AM2+

Asus Rampage II Extreme (X58/ICH10) LGA 1366

Intel DX48BT2 (X48/ICH10) LGA 775


Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1 GB


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250 GB

Lite-On DH-4O1S BD-ROM


4 GB (2 GB x 2) Corsair Dominator DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15 @ 2.1 V

4 GB (2 GB x 2) Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 @ 1.65 V (AMD)

6 GB (2 GB x 3) Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 @ 1.65 V (Intel)

Software Configuration

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate Edition x64

Graphics Drivers

GeForce 181.22

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings

3D Games


Version: 1.2.1, Video Quality: Very High Details, Demo: CPU-Benchmark + Tom’s Hardware Tool

Far Cry 2

Quality settings set to max, 2560x1600/1920x1200, latest Steam version, in-game benchmark (Ranch medium).

Left 4 Dead

Quality settings set to max, 2560x1600/1920x1200, latest Steam version, timed demo.

Call of Duty: World at War

Quality settings set to max, 2560x1600/1920x1200, Patch v1.1, 60s FRAPS run through Semper Fi campaign.

Audio Encoding


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

Lame MP3

Version: 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007), Audio CD ""Terminator II" SE, 53 min, wave to MP3, 160 Kb/s

Video Encoding


Version:, Import File: "Terminator II" SE DVD (5 Minutes), Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.3

Encoding mode: Insane Quality, Enhanced Multi-Threading, Enabled using SSE4, Quarter-pixel search

XviD 1.1.3

Display encoding status=off

Mainconcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1

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), Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core


Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9

Version: 9.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8

Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1533, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

Winrar 3.80

Version 3.70 BETA 8, WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3, Compression=Best, Dictionary=4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

Winzip 11

Version 11.2, Compression=Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, 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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