AMD Unleashed: Four CPUs, Two GPUs, All Overclocked

Benchmark Results: PCMark Vantage, Sandra XII

Synthetics: PCMark Vantage, Sandra XII

We easily predicted which processors would place first and last in this synthetic benchmark, but the battle for second place was not as clear-cut. The system and productivity tests favored the Phenom II X3 720 BE, while the Phenom X4 9950 BE pulled ahead in the Memories test.

As usual, overclocking offers no benefits in the hard drive test. The three processors paired with the Western Digital 640 GB drive score higher than the Athlon 7750 paired with the Seagate 500 GB.

Sandra’s arithmetic and multimedia tests both favor the quad-core processors. The memory bandwidth results are all over the place and somewhat hard to interpret for the overclocked systems. Looking at the stock systems, which are all running at the same reference clock and memory frequency, the slight edge goes to the Phenom X3 720 BE and the Phenom X4 9950 BE, both of which run at a 200 MHz higher northbridge and HT 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.