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.