AMD Phenom II X2 555 and Athlon II X4 635 Performance

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Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test systems for this article, we first entered their respective system BIOSes and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High performance Defaults". We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set memory timings for DDR3-1333 with 8,8,8,24 timings. The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we updated the OS, and installed the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled and we installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

 HotHardware's Test Systems
 Intel and AMD - Head To Head

System 1:
Core i5 661
(3.33GHz - Dual-Core)

Asus P7H57D-V EVO
(H57 Express Chipset) 

2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

Intel GMA IGP 
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows 7 x64
System 2: 
Core i5 750
(2.66GHz - Quad-Core)

Asus Maximus III Formula 
(P55 Express Chipset) 

2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows 7 x64
System 3: 
Core 2 Q9650
(3GHz - Quad-Core)
Core 2 Quad Q9400
(2.66GHz - Quad-Core)

Gigabyte X48T-DQ6
(X48 Express Chipset)

2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA 

Windows 7 x64
System 4:
AMD Phenom II X4 965
(3.4GHz Quad-Core) 
AMD Phenom II X2 555
(3.2GHz Dual-Core) 
AMD Athlon II X4 635
(2.9GHz Quad-Core)

Asus M4A79T Deluxe
(AMD 785G Chipset) 

2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1600
(@ 1333MHz, CAS 8)

Radeon IGP
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA 

Windows 7 x64

 Preliminary Testing with PCMark Vantage
 Synthetic Benchmarks

First up, we ran a number of different test systems through Futuremark’s latest system performance evaluation tool, PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity.  Most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a quad-core CPU.


The new Athlon II X4 635 and Phenom II X2 555 performed relatively well according to PCMark Vantage. In this test, AMD's newest affordable processors put up a good fight against the Core i5 661 and Core 2s, but obviously don't come close to the more expensive Core i5 750.

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gibbersome 4 years ago

The Core i5-750 still holds to be the best value as you get closer to the $200 mark, but for closer to $100, these two processors are great. AMD continues to give more value to budget minded consumers.

rapid1 4 years ago

I agree AMD is doing great in this area as well as in graphics. However I really think they need to speed up there top end R&D more as well.

caos420 4 years ago

My phenomII x2 550 is a power house and i primarily use it for gaming and i have zero lag this chip is a great performer oc'd to 3.8ghz and she screams and for the price i could'nt be happier and i find no real advantage in the new 555 there still basicaly the same chip so i will keep gaming til she dont let me no more.

rapid1 4 years ago

Hey caos what is your normal operating temperature clocked at 3.8 ? I hear these 4.0 and almost 4 settings people run the AMD chips at and the Intel I7 920's and wonder what they normally operate at temperature wise. I also wonder what safe sustained temperatures for them would be and what kind of life line your looking at with them.

caos420 4 years ago

30c' at idle and 50c' at full load with thermaltake air cooler.safe sustained temp would be somewhere in the 50's max safe temp is 65c' and ive had my chip since the very first day it came out and it has run perfect i expect another 3to4 years out of it at these clock settings but of course i will upgrade much before that.

Bighorse 4 years ago

If AMD can't come up with a solution to take on Intel's i-series chips, AMD is gonna continue to have a rough time. Their chips run great for the budget builds but they need to turn out some powerhouse chips like they have done with their graphics line. They need to pour that Intel cash into some R&D so  that will spank some Intel chips butt.

realneil 4 years ago

AMD costs less to build. You do not get the power of the INTEL chips, but the pocketbook bleeds far less once you're sitting there looking at your computer boot. There is nothing wrong with the performance I get from my AMD box. It's smooth as can be and is not processor limited at all. I could use a faster GPU in it though.

AMD is a viable solution in today's nasty economy and shrinking PC budgets. I shudder to think what PC prices would be like if they weren't here to tone down big INTEL a little.

rapid1 4 years ago

Yeah Realneil I agree, to many levels we are kind of on a hold it seems to me. On some cases (When Crysis came out) we see limitations to differing degrees. However; in all reality if the only thing having any major issues is 1 game. I know there are others, but the software with issues due to the available technology is really low. So even though Intel may be reviewed and stated as the performance king, what do you really gain from it 2 ms. I don't like loosing time but 2ms is that time even 30ms is nothing in all reality.

detnight 4 years ago

My Athlon II X4 620 was fine until I got the battle Field 2 Bad company game .........It will max out 1of the cores and run another at 75%. Call of Duty World At War 2 will not go over 50% on most of the cores......................Time for a 965BE and another GTX285

bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

I'd like to point out that AMD generally cost a lot less as a platform. The motherboards are a lot cheaper than on the Intel side.

 

One question Marco. Why are all the intel chips using a 280 and the AMD chips just using IGP? Kinda throws off power consumption numbers and makes it hard to compare gaming numbers. I'm guessing you did not have access to the 280 for this round of testing.

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