General Performance: PCMark Vantage
As usual, we started our investigation of Phenom II X4 performance from the Futuremark PCMark Vantage testing suite that reveals the average performance during different types of multi-threaded load.
The results showed that AMD didn’t fully stick to their promises. Phenom II X4 940 performance on average improved only by 10% over the previous generation Phenom X4 9950. Nevertheless, even this improvement is enough for the new 45nm Phenom II X4 to compete against the junior and mainstream Intel Core 2 Quad solutions. However, unfortunately, it is still not enough for them to catch up with the junior Core i7 processors. Even though Phenom II X4 works at 333MHz higher clock frequency than Core i7-920, it is significantly slower than the Intel solution under any type of workload. In other words, contemporary Intel processors can boast the best IPC rate - average number of instructions processed per clock.