New triple-core AMD Athlon II X3 processors fall into the same price category as the top Intel Pentium CPUs. That is why first of all we are going to compare these two, and everything here is more or less obvious. It is another thing that the positioning of the new triple-core processors strongly coincides with the positioning of other existing Socket AM3 CPU families from AMD. Therefore, we also added not only the triple core Phenom II, but also a few Athlon II and Phenom II processors with two and four cores and the same price tag into our today's test session. As a result, the list of our testing participants turned out pretty long:
Besides the above mentione dprocessors, we used the following additional hardware and software components to build the necessary test platforms:
- ASUS P5Q3 (LGA775, Intel P45 Express, DDR3 SDRAM);
- Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P (Socket AM3, AMD 790FX + SB750, DDR3 SDRAM).
- Memory: 2 x 2 GB, DDR3-1333 SDRAM, 7-7-7-18 (Mushkin 996601).
- Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 4890.
- HDD: Western Digital WD1500AHFD.
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
- Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 126.96.36.1997;
- ATI Catalyst 9.9 Display Driver.
I have to say that since LGA775 Pentium E6500 processor supports 1067 MHz system bus, we had to clock the memory as DDR3-1067 with 7-7-7-18 timings.