AMD Phenom II In-Depth Performance Scaling Analysis

Overclocking/ by massman @ 2009-03-16

We previously tested the effects of overclocking different aspects of an AMD Phenom 1 powered system, today we delve into Phenom II performance scaling, from raw CPU speed, HT Link, Northbridge to HT Link and more. If you want to get the most out of your Phenom II system, this is a must read!

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Test setup and methodology

Test setup

We prepared the following test system to be used for all performance results mentioned on the next pages:

Madshrimps' AMD Test Setup

Madshrimps (c)
  • AMD Phenom II X4 940
  • Cooling
  • Noctua NH-U12P
  • Mainboard
  • DFI Lanparty DK 790GX-M2RS
  • Memory 2 * 1GB G.skill F2-8500CL5S
  • Sapphire 4870X2
  • Antec 1000W PSU
  • Western Digital 320Gb SATA HDD
  • Windows XP SP3

  • Methodology

    The following benchmarks were used:

  • Lavalys Everest: Memory latency
  • SuperPi 1M
  • Wprime 32M
  • 3DMark2001SE: Nature

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    Comment from sandstorm @ 2009/03/18
    Again a great article!
    Nice to see you doing so well with the website as well.

    I've received my Phenom II 940 review sample from AMD just today and I can't wait to take it for a late night overclocking session.