SYSmark 2007 benchmark that tests the systems performance during regular everyday type of work makes new AMD CPUs looks very attractive. Athlon II X2 250 outperforms new Intel Pentium E6300 processor, while Phenom II X2 550 competes efficiently against Core 2 Duo E7500. In other words, new AMD processors convincingly outperform more pricy Intel solutions in both cases. And taking into account our recent comparison of Athlon X2 and Pentium processors, we can conclude that the transition to 45nm manufacturing process really helped AMD return to the mainstream dual-core processors market.
However, as you may have noticed new AMD Athlon II X2 and Phenom II X2 processors present a hidden threat to triple-core AMD solutions. Due to their high clock frequency, these dual-core CPUs perform faster than their triple-core Phenom II X3 710 brother that is, in fact, positioned as a higher-end processor and a direct competitor to Intel Core 2 Duo E8000.
If we analyze the results demonstrated by the new solutions in different SYSmark 2007 scenarios we will be able to make a few more interesting conclusions. For example, the performance of our testing participants in Productivity test indicates that the size of processor cache-memory is very important for common office work and sometimes may be of even greater significance than the CPU clock speed. However, during work with video content Athlon II X2 250 without any L3 cache runs even faster than Phenom II X2 550. Another interesting situation occurs in 3D modeling applications. Despite the fact that Intel processors fall behind in all other patterns, they suddenly make a leap forward leaving behind not only new dual-core AMD solutions but also new-generation triple-core Phenom II X3 710 CPU.