AMD Unleashed: Four CPUs, Two GPUs, All Overclocked

Benchmark Results: Applications


Four processing cores generate noticeable benefits in 3ds Max (even this older version, which we've since replaced with the 64-bit edition of 2009). 

Photoshop CS3 does not take advantage of more than one or two cores, so the results are thus ranked by CPU core speed. Our recent move to Photoshop CS4 will demonstrate more differentiation in the future, though.

Overclocking yields a small reduction in completion time, but it’s obvious that the most time is saved by having more processor cores working.  Besides finishing quicker, a system with a quad-core processor should seem more responsive to use while a scan is running in the background. 

The quad-core Phenom X4 9950 is far faster in WinRAR compression than its dual-core relative, but is still no match for either of the Phenom II processors. 

In contrast, WinZip compression doesn’t benefit from more than two processing cores and the Phenom X4 9950 BE and Athlon 7750 BE once again rank by core speed.

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  • waxdart
    I just skipped to the conclusion to see if reading the whole thing would be worth it.

    Seems to me like AMD know there stuff is slower and you have to accept that you have to overclock, Or their products have huge temperature problems at higher levels, so let’s "re-brand" it over clocking and let the punter spend X on cooling.

    How much goes into over clocking equipment Vs getting a CPU that runs faster and cooler in the first place? Is that much being saved?
    /Honest question with a hint of sarcasm.

    Also - I accept that just getting a system to over clock as much as possible is a valid waste of free time and good money as any other. If you enjoy it go for it.
  • wild9
    Phenom II X4 is good at stock speed compared to Intel (especially games like GTA IV), and overclocks quite well. Practically any CPU of this nature (both AMD and Intel), will require focus on keeping temps down if you want a decent overclock.