Mainstream Quad Core Processors Compared from AMD and Intel

CPU by massman @ 2008-04-30

In this review we compare AMD´s latest AM2+ based Phenom X4 9850 to Intel´s mainstream Q9300 Processor. Which one gives you more performance for the buck? Answering this question is not as straightforward as you might think. With AMD aggressive pricing and new B3 revision does it stand a chance against an upgraded Q6600? Let us find out.

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Superpi, Wprime, Everest and Sandra

SuperPi and Wprime:

SuperPi has been around for ages now, but still reflects the performance of the technology. Being single threaded, you won't increase performance by inserting a quad core processor, but that's why we've chosen Wprime as an alternative. Wprime has been included in the HWBot benchmark suite for quite some time now and many people agree on the quality of the benchmark. Wprime works with multiple threads and is ideal to test multi-core processors.

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In SuperPi, the C2Q is a lot faster than the Phenom, due to the bigger L2-cache. In Wprime we can definitely see the Phenom winning over the Yorkfield.

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In the longer 1024M test, the Phenom is significantly faster than the Yorkfield!

Lavalys Everest 4.50

We used the memory benchmark utility to measure the performance of the memory management.

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The Phenom has a better memory copy bandwidth performance due to the integrated memory controller on the processor.

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SiSoft Sandra

Both CPU and memory benchmark were used to measure the performance of both setups.

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It's quite clear that the Yorkfield wins in these tests, overpowering the Phenom by +/- 20%.

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The internal memory controller has a great influence on the memory bandwidth; the Phenom scores about 50% higher!

Let's leave the very theoretical benchmarks and go on to the more real-world benchmarks ->
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Comment from Gamer @ 2008/05/01
Great article there Massman !!!
Comment from Massman @ 2008/05/01
Thank you Gamer :-)
Comment from goingpostale1 @ 2008/05/13
Great article, surprised me to see the Phenom so close to the Core Quad. Thanks for another great review.
Comment from jmke @ 2008/05/13
if you're not into overclocking the AMD Phenom offers a very interesting price/performance ratio, only in the power usage department will it lag behind due to the larger manufacturing process