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AMD's New Phenom II X6 1100T - Have Six for Christmas

AMD's New Phenom II X6 1100T - Have Six for Christmas


Test Setup

Test Setup

We'll be testing four of AMD's newer processors, from the entry level Athlon II X4 to the new flagship Phenom II X6 1100T and with prices ranging from less than US$100 to almost US$300. Given such a wide range of prices and performance, we have included a total of 12 processors from both AMD and Intel in this roundup for comparison. The newer AMD processors being reviewed in this article are in bold italics. Here's how they fall in line:

Above US$220

  • Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition (US$265)
  • Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition (US$229)
  • Core i7-870 (US$280)

From US$150 to US$200

  • Phenom II X6 1075T (US$199)
  • Phenom II X6 1055T (US$179)
  • Phenom II X4 970 (US$186)
  • Phenom II X4 965 (US$160)
  • Core i5-760 (US$205)

Below US$150

  • Athlon II X4 645 (US$118)
  • Athlon II X4 635 (US$99)
  • Core i3-550 (US$125)
  • Core i3-530 (US$120)

Also, to make the benchmark graphs easier to read given the large number of comparisons, we have decided to use three different colors to differentiate the three groupings of processors above. The processors under review will be represented by a flat solid color while the comparisons have a color gradient. Hopefully that will help you distinguish between them. The test configurations used are listed below:

Intel Core i5/i3 Test Configuration

  • Intel Core i5-760 and Core i3-530
  • MSI P55-GD85 (BIOS 1.37)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 O.C (ForceWare 197.45)
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gbps (one single NTFS partition)
  • Intel INF 9.1.0.1025
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)


AMD Phenom II X4/X6 Test Configuration

  • AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, 1075T, 1055T, Phenom II X4 970, 965, Athlon II X4 645 and 635
  • ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (AMD 890FX + SB850, 0702 BIOS)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 O.C (ForceWare 197.45)
  • AMD Chipset driver
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gbps (one single NTFS partition)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)


Benchmarks

We have gone with a 64-bit OS since our last processor review and the benchmarks are also 64-bit versions when available. The following benchmarks were used in this review:

  • BAPCo SYSmark 2007 Preview (ver 1.05)
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage (ver 1.03.1, 64-bit)
  • Lightwave 3D 9.0 (64-bit)
  • 3ds Max 8 (SP2)
  • Cinebench 11.5 (64-bit)
  • Handbrake 0.9.4
  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage (ver 1.03.1)
  • Far Cry 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2