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    AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE Review
    By Vince Freeman :  January 9, 2009

    Test Setup

    The Phenom II X4 940 is AMD's fastest desktop processor, so we're taking it against some mainstream and high-end AMD and Intel processors. We'll leave out the top-end models like the Core i7965 XE, but our Intel processor selection features the 3.16 GHz Core 2 Duo E8500, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (3.0 GHz) and QX6850 (3.0 GHz), and the Core i7-920 (2.66 GHz) and 940 (2.93 GHz). The AMD competition includes the 2.6 GHz Phenom X4 9950 and the 2.5 GHz X4 9850.

    These processors are matched with corresponding platforms and peripherals, while ensuring consistency with the overall reference system mix. The new Phenom II X4 processors run on an AMD 790GX, the Core i7 uses an Intel X58 board, and the Core 2 and Phenom X4 processors have been paired with Intel X48 and AMD 790FX motherboards, respectively. The base memory capacity is set at 1GB modules, with the 790GX/FX platforms using 2x1GB of DDR2-800 (CL4), which is still better for performance than CL5 DDR2-1066. The Intel X58 sports 3x1GB DDR3-1066 (CL7), while the X48 has 2x1GB of DDR3-1600 (CL7).

    The default hard disk configuration is comprised of a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB SATA 3.0 Gb/s drive, which provides top-end disk performance and ensures consistent benchmarking. The video component is also high-performance, and we have used a dual-GPU PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB, which will provide more than enough GPU power for our gaming tests. We have also moved to Windows Vista Ultimate for our processor benchmarking, with recent updates applied.

    The benchmark list includes a wide range of system, CPU, memory, and gaming tests. These include PCMark05, PCMark Vantage, SiSoft SANDRA 2009, WinRAR, and CINEBENCH 9.5/10, along with TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress for MPEG-2, DivX, WMV and HDV encoding. We also utilize popular 3D game tests like ET: Quake Wars, Unreal Tournament 3, World in Conflict, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, and Crysis. Our default game benchmark setting is 1024x768, which is well suited for CPU comparisons but still realistic as an actual game play resolution.

    * Please note that unless otherwise stated, such as the media encoding times, all performance graph results equate to the standard "higher is better" routine.

    Test Systems:

    AMD Phenom II X4 Reference System:
    Processors: Phenom II X4 940 and 920
    Memory: 2 x 1GB Ultra DDDR2-800 (CAS4)
    Motherboard: MSI DKA790GX Platinum
    Motherboard chip set: AMD 790GX
    Video Card: PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB
    LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 178.24
    Hard-Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
    CD/DVD: Samsung DVD-R SH-S162
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W
    Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate

    Intel Core i7 Reference System:
    Core 2 Processors: Core i7-940 and -920
    Memory: 3 x 1GB DDR3-1066 (CL7)
    Motherboard: Intel DX58SO
    Motherboard chip set: Intel X58 Express
    Video Card: PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB
    LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 178.24
    Hard-Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
    CD/DVD: Samsung DVD-R SH-S162
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W
    Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate

    Intel Core 2 Reference System:
    Core 2 Processors: Core 2 Duo E8500, Core 2 Extreme QX9650, and QX6850
    Memory 2 x 1GB Corsair DDR3-1600 (CL7)
    Motherboard: Intel DX48BT2
    Motherboard chip set: Intel X48 Express
    Video Card: PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB
    LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 178.24
    Hard-Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
    CD/DVD: Samsung DVD-R SH-S162
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W
    Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate

    AMD Phenom X4 Reference System:
    Processors: Phenom X4 9950 and 9850
    Memory: 2 x 1GB Ultra DDDR2-800 (CAS4)
    Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe
    Motherboard chip set: AMD 790FX
    Video Card: PNY GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB
    LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
    NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 178.24
    Hard-Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
    CD/DVD: Samsung DVD-R SH-S162
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W
    Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1920x1200
    Color Depth: 32-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled


    Page 1 The Phenom II X4 940 BE Architecture & Specs
  • Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 PCMark Vantage Performance
    Page 5 SiSoft SANDRA 2009 Performance
    Page 6 Everest Ultimate Edition Memory Performance
    Page 7 CINEBENCH 9.5/10 and WinRAR Performance
    Page 8 MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, and High-Def Video Encoding Performance
    Page 9 3DMark06 Pro, 3DMark Vantage and Crysis Performance
    Page 10 Company of Heroes, UT3, World in Conflict, & ET: Quake Wars Performance
    Page 11 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking and System Power Consumption
    Page 12 Value and Conclusion


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