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

    Everest Ultimate Edition 4.60 Memory Performance

    The Everest Ultimate Edition benchmark suite is similar to SiSoft SANDRA, as it provides both system diagnostic and informational programs, while also incorporating various memory and CPU benchmarks. As these utilize a different process than SANDRA, this could give us another peek at the true memory performance of these new processors. We have tested each of the CPUs and platforms under the Everest Memory Read, Write, Copy and Latency benchmarks.

    First up is the Memory Read benchmark, which again shows the Phenom II X4 920 and 940 posting slightly higher scores than the Phenom X4 9850 and 9950. Unfortunately, the new Phenom II X4 doesn't make the same kind of gains against the Core 2 line, and even the Core 2 Duo E8500 outpaces the fastest from AMD. And when it comes to overall memory performance, the triple-channel DDR3 equipped Core i7 is in a league all its own.

    The Everest Memory Write scores follow closely to the previous benchmarking, but the results seem to fit more in line with clock speed rather than number of cores. The Phenom II X4 940 comes very close to the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 while the higher clocked Core 2 Duo E8500 spanks them both.

    The Memory Copy benchmarking finally shows the Phenom II X4 moving out ahead of the Core 2 Duo, Quad and Extreme processors, but again, it's still no contest against the Core i7.

    The final part of our Everest memory benchmark is the Memory Latency test, and although the overall results are consistent with our expectations, it is interesting that the new Phenom II X4 posts slightly higher memory latencies than the Phenom X4.

    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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