WinRAR, Fritz Chess and Folding@Home
Larger L3 cache memory puts the new Phenom II X4 processors on one level with competitor’s quad-core solutions featuring an L2 cache with 6MB total capacity. However, they still fail to catch up with Core i7, which has an even larger 8MB L3 cache and boasts an extremely fast built-in triple-channel memory controller.
The transition to 45nm production process boosted the performance of the new AMD processors by good 20%, however, it is still not enough for them to demonstrate good results in the chess benchmark. Phenom II X4 920, for instance, is even slower than Core 2 Quad Q8300 – one of Intel’s junior quad-core offerings.
As per our readers’ request we have also included the results obtained in a popular distributed computing project called Folding@Home. We used TOC F@H Bench 0.4.6.0 application.
Unfortunately, the performance of the new Phenom II X4 processors wasn’t up to our expectations. The new generation AMD CPUs could only compete against Core 2 Quad Q8000 series processors, but not the junior Core 2 Quad Q9000 models.