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    Athlon X2 BE-2350 Processor Review
    By Vince Freeman :  June 5, 2007

    Company of Heroes Performance

    Company of Heroes is yet another new addition to our CPU benchmark suite, and as a newer game, it offers one of the most demanding benchmark environments ever. CoH is a WW2 real-time strategy game, which again provides us with a nice change of pace from the usual FPS benchmark. We use the game's built-in performance test for all of our benchmarking. To give our AMD and Intel processors a viable test, we've increased the physics load, while dropping many of the graphics settings. This will help provide a more CPU-specific benchmark test, while ensuring that the graphics card is not the limiting factor.

    Company of Heroes is one of the more recent additions to our processor benchmarking suite, and its included performance test can bring even high-end systems to their knees. Like F.E.A.R., CoH can be custom tuned for either processor or graphics testing, highlighting one over the other, while maintaining the game engine and testing methodology. Once again we see the defining line between Athlon 64 X2 and Core 2 Duo processors, but the 2.1 GHz Athlon X2 BE-2350 still posts a respectable score, keeping its lower clock speed in mind.

    Prey Performance

    Prey is a serious first-person shooter from Human Head Studios and 3D Realms that uses a heavily modified version of the DOOM 3 engine. You take the role of Earth's savior in an all-out war against some very nasty alien invaders, all within a Matrix-like experience, and with some of the best computer game graphics you'll ever see. Our Prey benchmark is also a very serious game test that can push any system to its limits.

    The Prey benchmark results are indicative of this very demanding game environment, and are bunched very close together. We still see some differences, but this pattern is very common with high-end SM3.0 games, even at lower resolutions. Even so, the Athlon X2 BE-2350 remains within striking distance of the Core 2 Duo E6300, which was outpaced by the Athlon 64 X2 4600+.

    Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Performance

    Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is another in a long line of third-person games that rely on stealth and planning, rather than just hammering the fire button repeatedly. This innovative game design also gives our processors a different kind of test, which is very evident in the standard Ubisoft Lighthouse demo. The latest patches also enable SM3.0, which adds on yet another layer of attrition on the graphics card.

    Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is an extremely demanding game benchmark, and one that takes video card dependence to a completely new level. While not particularly illuminating as a performance metric, it does show that not all games will benefit from a faster processor.



    Page 1 The Athlon X2 BE-2350 Processor
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 SANDRA XI, CINEBENCH 9.5 and WinRAR Performance
    Page 5 MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and DivX 6.4 Performance
    Page 6 3DMark06 Pro, DOOM 3 and FarCry Performance
    Page 7 Quake 4, F.E.A.R. and CoR Performance
  • Page 8 Company of Heroes, Prey and Splinter Cell: CT Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis and System Power Consumption
    Page 10 Value and Conclusion

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