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Phenom Recycled: Athlon X2 7000-Series

Test Setup

Test System
HardwareDetails
AMD Motherboard (Socket AM2+)Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi Revision: 1.02G Chipset: AMD790FX + SB600 Bios: 1202 (07/03/2008)
AMD Motherboard II (Socket AM2+)MSI DKA790GX Platinum (MS-7550) Revision: 1.2 Chipset: AMD790FX + SB700 Bios: V0.0 (11/25/2008)
Intel Motherboard (Sockel 775)Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 Revision: 1.3 Chipset: Intel X48 + ICH9 Bios: F5 (07/21/2008)
Intel-Motherboard II (Socket 1366)Intel DX58SO Revision: 403 Cipset: Intel X58 + ICH10 Bios1: SOX5810J.86A.2260.2008.0918.1758 Bios2: SOX5810J.86A.2624.2008.1021.1531
DDR2 Memory AMD SystemA-DATA DDR2-800+ (2x 2GB) Type: AD2800E002GU Setup: DDR2-1066 (CL 5.0-5-5-15-2T)
DDR3 Memory Intel SystemA-DATA DDR3-1600 (2x 2GB) Type: AD31600X002GU Setup: DDR3-1333 (CL 7.0-7-7-20)
Graphics CardMSI N280GTX-T2D1G-OC GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX280 (GT200) GPU Clock Speed: 650 MHz Memory: 1024 MB GDDR3 2300 MHz (512 Bit)
Blu-ray ROMPioneer BDC-202BK SATA/150
Hard DrivesWestern Digital Caviar SE 320 GB (WD3200AAKS) 7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB
Power Supply UnitCoolermaster RS-850-EMBA 850 Watt, ATX 12V 2.3
Sound CardCreative X-Fi Xtreme Gamerwith X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity A/D Wandler: 96 kHz/24 Bit
USB StickCorsair Flash Voyager 4 GB Write: 16 MB/sek Read: 33 MB/sek

Drivers
DriverDetails
ATI Chipset Driver Version 7.8Northbridge Filter Driver 1.02.000.2 IDE Driver 5.1.0.8
Intel Chipset Drivers9.0.0.1008 (6/2/2008)
Intel Chipset Drivers (Core i7)9.1.0.1007
Intel Matrix Storage8.5.0.1032
Nvidia Graphics Driver177.41 WHQL (06/26/2008)
Creative Audio Driver2.15.0006 (03/14/2008)
3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
CrysisVersion: 1.2.1 Video Mode: 1680x1050 Overall Quality: low Demo: CPU-Benchmark2 + Tom's Hardware Tool
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
World in ConflictVersion: 1.0.0.9 Video Mode: 1680x1050 and 800x600 Video Quality: low details Demo: Game-Benchmark
Supreme Commander Forged AllianceVersion: 1.5.3599 Video Mode: 1920x1200 Video Quality: game default Demo: WallaceTX_006_006 Benchmark: Fraps 2.9.4 - Build 7037 Start time 00:48:20 (60 seconds) realtime play
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
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
BenchmarkDetails
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 Vieo: 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)
DivX 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
Nero 8 RecordeVersion: 3.1.4.0 Recorde an Entire DVD to DVD convert DVD-9 to DVD5 all default settings Benchmark High quality mode (slow recording) disable video preview
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: 3.0 NTSC MPEG2-HDTV 1920x1080 (24 sec) Import: Mainconcept NTSC HDTV 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 (James Bond - Casino Royale) Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen) Codec: H.264
Application 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
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9Version: 9.0 Rendering a Dragon picture rendering HTDV 1920x1080
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 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 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
EverestVersion: 4.50.1469 Beta
  • davidgbailey
    First Comment!!!

    AMD is competing with Core 2 Duo? Why don't they try to compete with core i7? Oh wait, they can't compete with core i7 being 2 years behind. But AMD FTW against Core 2 Duo 2 years later!!!
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  • curnel_D
    I'd upgrade to the 6400+BE before I'd upgrade to the 7000 series.
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  • tipmen
    Poor AMD
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  • royalcrown
    Wow, only 80 bucks to upgrade a four whole fps over my 5400 x2....lemme rush right out, not !
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  • urban_black_redneck
    Curnel_DI'd upgrade to the 6400+BE before I'd upgrade to the 7000 series.Now the 6000 is just under $80 (same price as the 7750BE) and the 6400 is hard to find.

    I am building my first gaming computer from the ground up, proudly starting with the 7750 Black Edition.
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  • amdgamer666
    would like to have seen some overclockability tests but otherwise great article. good to see amd has released kuma (finally) to become slightly more competetive
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  • Naw-yi
    notice the memory used is 800mzh not 1066mhz, also why would they use different video cards? the drivers used arnt even up to date... test should be run with alike hardware and software(or as close to alike as possible) or its not to be taken seriously.
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  • Naw-yi
    Naw-yinotice the memory used is 800mzh not 1066mhz, test should be run with alike hardware and software(or as close to alike as possible) or its not to be taken seriously.
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  • cangelini
    Naw, I'll ask Patrick to answer the memory questions. However, if you read the Test Setup page, you'll see that only one graphics card was used. Also, given the mainstream nature of these graphics cards versus the very high-end graphics card, there is no way in a million years that the WHQL driver used would have any effect on the outcome of these benchmarks.
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  • cangelini
    Naw, ran the memory question past our German team and updated the piece. Same modules were run at 1066 and CAS 5. Thanks for the catch. Hope that answers all of your questions. If there's anything else, please let me know!
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