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Testbed and Methods

We split our today’s test session into two parts. First we are going to find out how the transition to new platform supporting DDR3 SDRAM affected the performance of Phenom II X4processors. Here we will compare the performance of the new Phenom II X4 810 in a Socket AM2+ mainboard with DDR2-800 and DDR2-1067 memory against its performance in a Socket AM3 mainboard equipped with DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 SDRAM.

The second part of our test session will be devoted to studying the performance of the new quad-core AMD processors side by side with the competition. Of course, we will be mostly interested in comparing Phenom II X4 810 against Core 2 Quad Q8200, as these two processors have almost the same retail price.

As a result, we ended up using the following hardware components to put together our testbeds:

  • CPUs:
    • AMD Phenom II X4 920 (Deneb, 2.8 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X4 910 (Deneb, 2.6 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X4 810 (Deneb, 2.6 GHz, 4 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X4 805 (Deneb, 2.5 GHz, 4 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom X4 9950 (Agena, 2.6 GHz, 2 MB L3);
    • Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 (Yorkfield, 2.5 GHz, 333 MHz FSB, 2 x 2 MB L2);
    • Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 (Yorkfield, 2.33 GHz, 333 MHz FSB, 2 x 2 MB L2).
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS P5Q Pro (LGA775, Intel P45 Express, DDR2 SDRAM);
    • Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H (Socket AM2+, AMD 790GX + SB750, DDR2 SDRAM);
    • Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P (Socket AM3, AMD 790FX + SB750, DDR3 SDRAM).
  • Memory:
    • GEIL GX24GB8500C5UDC (2 x 2GB, DDR2-1067 SDRAM, 5-5-5-15);
    • Mushkin 996601 4GB XP3-12800 (2 x 2GB, DDR3-1600 SDRAM, 7-7-7-20).
  • Graphics card: ATI RADEON HD 4870.
  • Hard drive: Western Digital WD1500AHFD.
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista x64 SP1.
  • Drivers:
    • Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007;
    • ATI Catalyst 9.1 Display Driver.
 
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