AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - 3D Rendering

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

While many people will associate 3D performance with a graphics card, for CAD applications a lot of the grunt work is still performed on CPUs so this is something we've put to the test. We use two industry standard tests, called POV-Ray and Cinebench. Both programs can be freely downloaded and the benchmark begins with just a single click so they're a really easy comparison tool if you fancy seeing how your system shapes up.

Cinebench has both a single-threaded and multi-threaded test while POV-Ray is just multi-threaded. Slightly disappointingly, Cinebench only returns a score, rather than a time to completion, so the numbers in isolation don't really mean anything. However, when compared they adequately show up any difference in performance.

Cinebench

POVRay

Jmac

April 23, 2009, 7:51 pm

Looks good. FYI all the charts in your review say 810 not 955 Black Ed.

Ed

April 23, 2009, 8:05 pm

Cheers, I think they should all be fixed by now.

Alex.rar

April 23, 2009, 9:27 pm

no conclusion!?





aww :(

Ed

April 23, 2009, 9:33 pm

You're right, we only did a 'verdict' on page 3. My bad. ;)

basicasic

April 24, 2009, 1:18 am

Talk about wanting it on a plate! Overclocking used to be a bit of a black art. Soldering resistors, joining tiny bridges with conductive paint, using the right memory and tinkering with timings and voltages, fiddling with motherboard jumpers, flatting/polishing the cpu heatspreader and huge heatsink, screaming fans, all to get a few extra Mhz. I sweated blood to get a P75 running at 90Mhz on an Asus CUSL2 !





You guys get 3.8Ghz (nearly a 20% overclock) at stock voltage without lifting a finger and moan about it. How hard could it be to raise the voltage 0.1V to see if it would hit 4Ghz? Or more.





Other than that good cpu and great review ;)

Ed

April 24, 2009, 1:40 pm

As I explained, the system was essentially dead after some initial attempts and due to time constraints we weren't able to recover it for another run. Reading around, these will easily hit 3.8 on stock voltages, and are reasonably likely to reach 4 with a bit of extra voltage. Beyond that you need some serious cooling.





Nevertheless, the point I was making was that the 3.2 to 3.8 overclock we achieved was lower than the 2.8 to 3.41 we achieved with the Q9550 (both without changing any voltages) - a CPU that proved to be generally faster despite its lower clock speed. So the overclocking potential of the 955BE has to be taken with a pinch of salt.

andy1001

May 16, 2009, 7:47 pm

I belive there is missclick - should be 6mb L3 cache instead of 2mb on page 1.





May i ask about cooling? Did you use components included in box or add your own cpu cooling? Was thermal paste included in box? What was temperature when oc to 3.8?

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