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

    3DMark06 Pro CPU Performance

    3DMark06 is still one of the most popular gaming benchmarks but it's a bit old school in requiring DirectX 9.0 compatibility. The 3DMark06 program offers a high-end selection of both gaming and CPU tests, and is not only a prime way of determining potential DirectX 9 graphics card performance, but the individual CPU performance score also makes it a valuable tool in processor reviews and performance comparisons. This CPU benchmark is performed at the standard settings, with no anti-aliasing or filtering options enabled.

    Standard game benchmarks usually don't show any real advantage with a dual or quad-core setup, primarily because most are not written with a multi-core platform in mind. One exception is the CPU test in 3DMark06 Pro, which does offer multi-threaded game benchmark support. We see this clearly from the chart, as the Core 2 Duo E8500 is left in the dust. The Phenom II X4 processors do quite well against the Phenom X4, but the flagship X4 940 can't quite reach the Core 2 Extreme QX6850.

    3DMark Vantage CPU Performance

    3DMark Vantage is the latest DirectX 10 revision of the Futuremark gaming-oriented benchmark, and follows closely with the overall design of past 3DMark products. In addition to the graphics and features testing, there are also two CPU-specific benchmarks, handling both AI and Physics. We'll be including both in this review, although the former seems to have far less reliance on the graphics card.

    The first CPU test, concentrating on AI, shows all the AMD processors finishing well back from their Intel competition. The Phenom II X4 940 does well in a relative sense, posting noticeable gains over the Phenom X4 9950, but just doesn't have the performance to equal either the QX6850 or QX9650.

    The second CPU test highlights the Physics game component, but this one is much more GPU-limited than the AI benchmark. Even so, it's a good one for the Phenom II X4 940, as it outpaces both the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 and Core i7-920.

    Crysis CPU Performance

    Crysis is a very demanding game from our friends at Crytek, and is very much like a significantly upgraded version of FarCry. The in-game visuals are incredible, and it even supports extra DirectX 10 goodies for those with top-end, enthusiast-level video cards. Since we're dealing with a processor, our Crysis test concentrates on the CPU benchmark, with all details set to Medium.

    The Crysis results are not that impressive, as while the Phenom II X4 940 does improve on the performance of the Phenom X4, it still doesn't match the game speed of the Intel Core 2 processors.

    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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