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Low-Power Face-Off: AMD's Athlon X2 Vs. Intel's Core 2 Duo

Test Setup

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
AMD Low Power CPUAMD Athlon X2 5050e (65 nm, 2.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, ADH5050IAA5DO, Brisbane G2, TDP 45 W)
AMD Standard Power CPUAMD Athlon X2 5400+ Black Edition (65 nm, 2.8 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, ADO5400IAA5DS, Brisbane G2, TDP 65 W)
Intel Low Power CPUIntel Core 2 Quad Q9550s (45 nm, 2.83 GHz, 12 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. E0)Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200s (45 nm, 2.33 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. R0)
Intel Standard Power CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E8500 (45 nm, 3.16 GHz, 6 MB L2 Cache, 65 W TDP, Rev. E0)Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (45 nm, 2.53 GHz, 3 MB L2 Cache, 65 W TDP, Rev. M0)
AMD Motherboard (Socket AM2+)Gigabyte MA78GM-US2H (Rev. 1.0) Chipset: AMD780G, SB700 BIOS: F2 (01/02/2009)
Intel Motherboard ( Socket LGA775)Intel DG45ID (Rev. 1.0) Chipset: Intel G45, ICH10R BIOS: 0089 (01/09/2009)
RAM2x 2 GB DDR2-1066 (Crucial CT25664AA1067) operated at DDR2-800 (CL4-4-4-12)
HDDWestern Digital Caviar SE 16, 500 GB (WD5000AAKS) 7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache
Blu-Ray Drive LG GGW-H20L, SATA/150
Power SupplyFortron FSP220-60LE, 220 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
Drivers  And Settings
AMD Chipset DriversCatalyst Control Center 9.2
AMD Graphics DriversIntegrated with chipset drivers
Intel Chipset DriversInstallation Utility 9.0.0.1008

3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarksDetails
World In ConflictVersion: 1.0.0.9, Video Mode: 1280x1024, Video Quality: low details, Demo: Game-Benchmark
Unreal Tournament 3Version: 1.2, Video Mode: 1680x1050, Sound and DirectX10, Video Quality: Texture Details: 1, Level Details: 1, Demo: vCTF-CONTAINMENT_fly, Time: 12/60
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarksDetails
iTunesVersion: 7.7.1.11, Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min, Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version 3.98, Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, wave to mp3, 160 Kbps
Video Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarksDetails
Pinnacle Studio 12Version: 12.0.0.6163 Encoding and Transition Rendering DV camcorder movie Video: 720 x 576 Pixel, PAL, 25 fps, 6000 Kbits/sec Audio: MPEG Layer 2, 224 Kbits/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 44.1 KHz File Type: MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)
TMPEG 4.5Version: 4.5.1.254 Video: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Kanal, English Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DviX 6.8.3Version: 6.8.3 == Main Menu == default == Codec Menu == Encoding mode: Insane Quality Enhanced multithreading Enabled using SSE4 Quarter-pixel search == Video Menu == Quantization: MPEG-2
XviD 1.1.3Version: 1.1.3 Other Options / Encoder Menu - Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.5.1 Reference H.264 plugin Pro 1.5.1Version: 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 kbps) Codec: H.264 Mode: PAL (25 FPS) Profile: Tom's Hardware Settings for Qct-Core
Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 HDTV Mainconcept H.264 Plugin 3.2 Windows Media Encoder 9.1 AP HDTV Windows Audio Encoder 10 ProVersion: 3.0NTSC MPEG2-HDTV 1920x1080 (24 sec) Import: Mainconcept NTSCHDTV 1080i Export: Adobe Media Encoder == Video == Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile Encoding Passes: one Bitrate Mode: Constant Frame: 1920x1080 Frame Rate: 29.97 Maximum Bitrate [kbps]: 2000 Image Quality: 50.00 == Audio == Windows Media Audio 10 Professional Encoding Passes: one Bitrate Mode: Constant Audio Format: 160 kbps, 44.1 kHz, 2 channel 16 bit (A/V) CBR
HD Playback (Blue Ray)PowerDVD 8 Blue Ray - Disc (John Rambo) Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen) Codec: H.264
Applications Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
Grisoft AVG Anti-virus 8Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1533, Benchmark, Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
WinRAR 3.8Version 3.80 BETA 4 WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3 Compression = Best Dictionary = 4096 KB Benchmark: THG-Workload
WinZip 11Version 11.2 (8094) Compression = Best Benchmark: THG-Workload
Maxon Cinema 4D Release 10Version: 10.008 Rendering from a scene (Water drop at a Rose) Resolution: 1280 x 1024 - 8Bit (50 frames)
Adobe Photoshop  CS 3Version: 10.0x20070321 Filtering from a 69 MB TIF-Photo Benchmark: Tomshardware-Benchmark V1.0.0.4 Programmed by Tomshardware using Delphi 2007 Filters: Crosshatch Glass Sumi-e Accented Edges Angled Strokes Sprayed Strokes
Adobe Acrobat 9 ProfessionalVersion: 9.0.0 (Extended) == Printing Preferences 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 PPT to PDF Powerpoint Document (115 Pages) Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 11Version: 11 Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
3DMarK VantageVersion: 1.02, Options: Performance, Graphics Test 1, Graphics Test 2, CPU Test 1, CPU Test 2
PCMarK VantageVersion: 1.00 PCMark Benchmark Memories Benchmark Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2Version 2008.5.14.24 CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark