AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE Review
By Vince Freeman :
January 9, 2009
PCMark Vantage Performance
PCMark Vantage differs greatly from previous PCMark suites in that it does not isolate system components in the same way, and while supplying a PCMark System ranking, it will not specifically identify CPU performance. PCMark Vantage is still an important test, and using the Whitepaper as a guide, we have chosen the PCMark, Memories, Gaming, and Productivity suites. For all tests, we have used PCMark Vantage 1.0 with the hotfix applied.
Our first benchmark is the overall PCMark score, which combines several tests from the other suites, and incorporates these into a system-level performance ranking. The Phenom II X4 940 outpaces the Phenom X4 9850 and 9950 and the Core 2 Duo E8500, but it still can't quite make it past a 3.0 GHz Intel quad core. This is a good sign for AMD, but the Core i7 remains well ahead.
The Memories, or digital imaging, section of PCMark Vantage is the most subsystem-centric part of the entire suite, and it's much the same story here. The 3.0 GHz Phenom II X4 940 is faster than the older Phenom X4 models, but still falls back from the Core 2 quad cores.
Very little changes in the Gaming suite, and once again the Phenom II X4 shows its architectural and performance advantages over the Phenom X4, but still can't attain the same scores as the Intel quad core processors, at least in PCMark Vantage.
The Productivity suite is the only one that shows the Phenom II X4 processors outperforming their Intel counterparts, and other than the powerful Core 2 Extreme QX9650, the Phenom II X4 940 takes it home, even outpacing the Core i7 models.