AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Review - Test Setup Review

Testing was carried out on an Asus M4A79T motherboard using 2GB 1,333MHz Qimonda DDR3 memory and an ATI HD 4870 X2 graphics card. This same graphics card and memory was then used in our Core i7 and Core 2 test beds, the details of which are listed below.

”’Common System Components”’

AMD ATI Radeon 4870 X2 Graphics Card
Western Digital Raptor X 150GB Hard Drive
Pioneer BDC-S02BK Blu-ray Drive

”’Core i7 Test System”’

Intel DX58SO ”SmackOver” Motherboard

2 x 1GB Qimonda IMSH1GU03A1F1C-10F PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM

”’Core 2 test System”’

Asus P5E3 Motherboard

2 x 1GB Qimonda IMSH1GU03A1F1C-10F PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM

”’AMD Phenom II AM3 Test System”’

Asus M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard

2 x 1GB Qimonda IMSH1GU03A1F1C-10F PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM

Despite this chip being relatively modestly priced, this is still AMD’s best CPU so we’ve included results for Intel’s best two CPUs as well, the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition and Core 2 QX9770 Extreme Edition. We’ve also included figures for the more sensibly priced Core i7 920, which is available for around £250 and the Core 2 Q9550 that’s this CPU’s most direct competitor at around £210.

As well as the competition from Intel we’ve also got results for a previous generation Phenom (no longer available), the 9950 Black Edition and the 2.6GHz Phenom II X4 810, available for £150, and the phenomenal (sic) Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition that’s just £120.

We’ve done our usual round of mainly ‘real-world’ benchmarks that test a CPU’s ability to actually do some of the things we expect you to do. This includes photo editing, video transcoding, playing games, and converting mp3s. For the 3D rendering testing we have had to resort to using ‘canned’ benchmarks but we feel they are valued industry-standard performance indicators.

Along the way we’ve also recorded the power consumption of the processors both when idling and when performing the multithreaded test in Cinebench.

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