Six New Phenom II And Athlon II CPUs From AMD

Test Systems And Benchmarks

We recently tested the entire Athlon II lineup against the Intel competition in Game-Off: Seven Sub-$150 Processors Compared, and the new Athlon II models sport only a minor 100 MHz increase over the CPUs we tested in that article. Because of this, we’re concentrating on the new Phenom II models in today’s benchmarks.

The Phenom II X2 560 is priced identically to the Pentium G6950, and the Phenom II X4 970 retails for about the same as the Core i5-750, so we’re including all of these models in our tests. The new Phenom II X6 1075T is priced between the Intel Core i5-760 and Core i7-920. Since the Core i5-750 performs very closely to the Core i5-760, we don’t think it’s necessary to include that SKU, and we are adding the Core i7-920 to our tests.

Unfortunately, the Core i7-920 we have on hand is an engineering sample with a lower memory multiplier than the retail version. This will hurt the Core i7-920 in some memory-dependent tests. But for the most part, performance should remain comparable to the commercially available processor.

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Test Systems
Row 0 - Cell 0 AMD SystemIntel LGA 1156 SystemIntel LGA 1366 System
MotherboardAsus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3, AMD 785G, BIOS 0410Asus P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156, Intel P55, BIOS 1003Gigabyte X58A-UD3R LGA 1366, Intel X58, BIOS version FA
ProcessorPhenom II X6 1075T  3.0 GHz (3.5 GHz Max Turbo)Hexa-Core, 6 MB L3 CachePhenom II X4 970 3.5 GHz, Quad-Core6 MB L3 CachePhenom II X2 560 3.3 GHz, Dual-Core6 MB L3 CacheIntel Core i5-750  2.66 GHz (3.2 GHz Max Turbo)Quad-Core, 8 MB L3 CacheIntel Pentium G6950 2.66 GHz, Quad-Core3 MB L3 CacheIntel Core i7-920 2.67 GHz (2.93 GHz Max Turbo)Quad-Core (8 Threads with Hyper-Threading)8 MB L3 Cache
CPU CoolerCooler Master Hyper TX3ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120
MemoryCrucial DDR3-1333 Dual-Channel 2 x 2048 MB, 669 MHz, CAS 9-9-9-24-1TMushkin PC3-10700H  Triple-Channel 3 x 2048 MB, 540 MHz, CL 8-8-8-20-1T
GraphicsMSI GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB GDDR5-3348, 607/1215 MHz GPU/Shaders, 837 MHz Mem.
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 640 GB 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
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Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool Ultra-High Quality, No AA, 1280x1024
DiRT 2In-game benchmarkUltra Quality Preset, 8x AA, 1280x1024
StarCraft 2Custom Tom's Hardware BenchmarkMedium Quality Preset, No AA, 1280x1024
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion: x64Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 minDefault format AAC
HandBrake 0.9.4Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob filefrom "The Last Samurai" (1 GB) to .mp4 High Profile
TMPGEnc 4.0 ExpressVersion: File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.9.1Encoding mode: Insane QualityEnhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2) Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s) Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF ImageRadial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
7-ZipVersion 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.01, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: x64, System, Memories, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
  • aznshinobi
    Do I hear comeback from AMD? Hopefully the Bulldozer shows results with the AM3+/AM3r2 in benchs.
  • gkay09
    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.
  • scifi9000
    I'd love to see these new chips pitted against the T1000 processor.
  • eklipz330
    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
  • duk3
    I'd rather it was a 970T at 3.6 ghz with turbo up to 4.1ghz.
    Then again, who wouldn't?
  • Gin Fushicho
    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.
  • spentshells
    nothing new here good on AMD if they keep the prices the same
    the 645 and 450 are really crazy good deals
  • 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.
  • cleeve
    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.
  • TheStealthyOne
    Yay! :)