Here is a list of the applications we've used for our testing - most of them are available free for public consumption, although some are popular professional software applications. In all cases, the benchmarks were run three times and until a consistent set of results were achieved and the data presented here are averages of those results.
- Sisoft Sandra 2009 SP1
- Lavalys Everest 4.6.1540
- Crysis v1.21
- Far Cry 2
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two
- PCMark Vantage x64
- WinRAR 3.71
- Paint.NET 3.20
- Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8
- DivX 6.8
- AutoMKV 0.97.1
- Cinebench 10 x64
Following demand from the bit-tech
community, we have included 7-Zip as well as WinRAR in our benchmarks as it is another popular, free, file compression tool. We have also introduced two new video encoding tools - the popular Sony's Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8 and the latest version of AutoMKV: 0.97.1. Combined, these video encoding applications include either a mix of multi and single threading, or consistently heavy multithreading and cover a range of video transcoding techniques from .VOB to x.264 and raw .MTS to WMV9.
On the gaming front, we have introduced Far Cry 2 in addition to Crysis and Half-Life 2: Episode Two to give us a wide range of game engines that cover the latest, greatest and most popular corners of the PC gaming industry. The common ground of Windows Vista x64 with Service Pack 1 gives both the latest version of DirectX as well as 64-bit computing, which benefits a few applications as well as allowing us to address more than 4GB of system memory.
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Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB SATA II
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W
Memory: Corsair Dominator XMS2-8500 5-5-5-15, G.Skill Pi-series F3-12800Cl7D-4GBPI, Qimonda PC3-8500U-7-XX-A0
Drivers: Nvidia GeForce 178.13, Intel inf 22.214.171.1241 and 126.96.36.1997
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium x64 SP1
CPU Prices: Where to the Phenom IIs fit?
At the current MSRP of $275, the Phenom II 940 slots between Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9550 at $316 and the Q9400 at $266. It's very close to the Core i7 920 which Intel sells tray of a thousand CPUs for $284 - but when we consider the platform cost the Phenom II is considerably
The Phenom II 920 on the other hand has an MSRP of $235, which puts it closer to the Q8300 which Intel sells for $224 (but unfortunately we didn't have one to test against).