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

    Multi-Threaded Performance

    Since we're now firmly in a multi-core world, in-depth evaluation of multi-threaded processor performance is required, but without the limitations of single-threaded applications or component-specific benchmarks. We offer up three different multi-threaded benchmarks: CINEBENCH 9.5, CINEBENCH 10 and WinRAR.

    CINEBENCH 9.5 & 10 Performance

    CINEBENCH is a performance suite, which utilizes CINEMA 4D for both CPU and video-based testing. We use the multi-threaded CPU benchmark, which processes a large, detailed image file on-screen, and displays the test results. Both CINEBENCH 9.5 and 10 dynamically shift image processing on the fly. If one core is finished its job, the program automatically segments the remainder of the image, thereby speeding up processing times considerably. The main difference between the two is the image workload, with CINEBENCH 9.5 offering a more mainstream test, while CINEBENCH 10 gives the CPU a much tougher workout.

    Our CINEBENCH 9.5 benchmark testing shows the new Phenom II X4 processors outperforming their Phenom X4 counterparts, and handily so, The Core 2 Duo/Quad comparison is not so good, and Intel's higher-speed offerings remain just out of reach of the 3.0 GHz Phenom II X4 940.

    CINEBENCH 10 benchmarking is an even more demanding test, and while the two Phenom II X4 processors confirm their superiority over the older Phenom X4 models, the Intel Core 2-based competition is too much for AMD's best.

    WinRAR 3.80 Performance

    WinRAR is one of the most popular compression programs, and it even includes an internal benchmark program that measures the performance of the RAR compression and decompression algorithm using a demanding worst-case data set. This multi-threaded test offers a data throughput rating, and while it does not relate specifically to cache or memory transfers, we have found that the overall throughput numbers do adhere closely to the overall architecture. A faster clock speed certainly helps, but the score also ties in closely with memory, cache and CPU performance.

    WinRAR is another multi-threaded benchmark, and it displays some very nice results for the Phenom II X4. The 3.0 GHz Phenom II X4 940 outpaces the powerful Core 2 Extreme QX6850, but naturally, falls well back of the Core i7 results.



    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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