Experiment: Comparing Four Quad-Core Architectures At 2.8 GHz

Test System

System Hardware
Performance Benchmarks
Motherboard (Socket AM3)
MSI 790FX-GD70 (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: AMD 790FX, BIOS: 1.7 (11/13/2009)
Motherboard (LGA 775)
Gigabyte EP45T-UD3P (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Intel P45, BIOS: F7 (04/16/2009)
Motherboard (Socket LGA1156)
MSI P55-GD65 (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Intel P55, BIOS: 1.5 (11/13/2009)
Motherboard (Socket LGA1366)
Asus Rampage II Gene (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Intel X58, BIOS: 1033 (11/11/2009)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (45nm, 3.4 GHz, 4 x 512KB L2 and 6MB L3 Cache, TDP 125W, Rev. C3)
CPU Intel I
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S (45nm, 2.83 GHz, 12MB L2 Cache, TDP 65W, Rev. E0)
CPU Intel II
Intel Core i5-750 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 4 x 256KB L2 and 8MB L3 Cache, TDP 95W, Rev. B1)
Intel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 and 8MB L3 Cache, TDP 130W, Rev. C0)
RAM DDR3 (Dual)
2 x 2GB DDR3-1600 (Corsair CM3X2G1600C9DHX)
2 x 1GB DDR3-2000 (OCZ OCZ3P2000EB1G)
RAM DDR3 (Tripple)
3 x 2GB DDR3-1600 (Corsair TR3X6G-1600C8D 8-8-8-24)
Zotac Geforce GTX 260²
GPU: Geforce GTX 260 (576 MHz), Graphics RAM: 896 MB DDR3 (1,998 MHz)
Stream Processors: 216, Shader Clock: 1,242 MHz
Hard Drive
Western Digital VelociRaptor, 300GB (WD3000HLFS), 10,000 RPM, SATA/300, 16MB Cache
Blu-Ray Drive
Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V 750W
System Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 x64
Service Pack 2 (Build 6000)
Drivers And Settings
AMD Chipset Drivers
Radeon 9.4
Intel Chipset Drivers
Chipset Installation Utility Ver.
Intel Storage Drivers
Matrix Storage Drivers Ver.
Nvidia GeForce Driver
Forceware 185.85

3D Games Benchmarks And Settings
Far Cry 2
Version: 1.0.1
Far Cry 2 Benchmark Tool
Video Mode: 1280x800
Direct3D 9
Overall Quality: Medium
Bloom activated
HDR off
Demo: Ranch Small
Version: 1.0.3
Video Mode: 1280x1024
- 1280x1024
- Aspect Ratio: Auto
- All options: Medium
- View Distance: 30
- Detail Distance: 100
- Vehicle Density: 100
- Shadow Density: 16
- Definition: On
- Vsync: Off
Ingame Benchmark
Left 4 Dead
Video Mode: 1280x800
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing none
- Filtering Trilinear
- Wait for vertical sync disabled
- Shader Detail Medium
- Effect Detail Medium
- Model/Texture Detail Medium
Demo: THG Demo 1
Audio Benchmarks And Settings
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min.
Convert to AAC audio format
Lame MP3
Version 3.98
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min.
convert WAV to MP3 audio format
Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kbps)
Video Benchmarks And Settings
Video: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-channel, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 Kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DiVX 6.8.5
Version: 6.8.5
== Main Menu ==
== Codec Menu ==
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
Enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
== Video Menu ==
Quantization: MPEG-2
Xvid 1.2.1
Version: 1.2.1
Other Options / Encoder Menu -
Display encoding status = off
Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1
Version: 1.6.1
MPEG-2 to MPEG-2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec. HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2)
MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2-channel, 16-bit, 224 Kbps)
Codec: H.264
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Profile: Settings for eight threads
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
Version: 4.0
WMV 1920x1080 (39 sec.)
Export: Adobe Media Encoder
== Video ==
H.264 Blu-ray
1440x1080i 25 High Quality
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: VBR
Frame: 1440x1080
Frame Rate: 25
== Audio ==
PCM Audio, 48 kHz, Stereo
Encoding Passes: one
Application Benchmarks and Settings
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8
Version: 8.5.287
Virus base: 270.12.16/2094
Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
Winrar 3.9
Version 3.90 x64 BETA 1
Compression = Best
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Winzip 12
Version 12.0 (8252)
WinZIP Commandline Version 3
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096KB
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 2009
Version: 9 x64
Rendering Dragon Image
Resolution: 1920 x 1280 (frame 1-5)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-Bit)
Version: 11
Filtering a 16MB TIF (15000x7266)
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 Professional
Version: 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 2007
Version: 2007 SP2
Powerpoint Document (115 Pages)
Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 11
Version: 11
Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.02
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.00
PCMark Benchmark
Memories Benchmark
SiSoftware Sandra 2009
Version: 2009 SP3
Processor Arithmetic, Cryptography, Memory Bandwith