Performance during Rendering
Final rendering in 3D modeling suites can be easily split into parallel threads that is why we are not surprised to see Core i7 do so well in the first two tests. Higher clock frequency allows the new Phenom II X4 to compete successfully against Core 2 Quad Q9550, but that’s about it. However, when we get to AutoCAD application, Phenom II X4 965 does more than good: it is not just 30% faster than Core 2 Quad of the similar price but even outperforms a more expensive and more technologically advanced Core i7 CPU.
Performance during Scientific Calculations
Once again we have to state that Phenom II X4 965 is not only a little behind Core i7-920, but also falls behind Core 2 Quad Q9550. So, even though the speed of Phenom II X4 processors increased by 400 MHz over the past year and reached its maximum (for the time being), AMD still didn’t manage to offer a successful alternative even to Core 2 Quad family. As we see, the top Phenom II X4 can barely compete against the middle solution from the previous generation Intel lineup.