AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review

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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 the memory frequency to DDR3-1333. 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 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 Athlon II X4 645
(3.1GHz Quad-Core)

AMD Pehnom II X4 970
(3.5GHz Quad-Core)

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
(3.2GHz Six-Core)

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
(3.3GHz Six-Core)


MSI 890FXA-GD70
(AMD 890FX Chipset) 

2x2GB Corsair 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 our 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 or six-core CPU.

The new AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition is easily the fastest AMD-built CPU in the group, and it hangs well with the Core i5-750. But the similarly clocked (yet much more expensive) six-core Intel Core i7-970 has a large performance advantage over AMD's chip here.

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Hmmm, doesn't seem too different than the 1090T, just kicked it up a notch.  Bought my 1090T on opening day (April 26th) So I guess I had a good run at owning AMD's fastest desktop proc.  Its funny how this is cheaper than the 1090T at release.

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amd needs to focus on bulldoser.

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and you should focus on your spelling :P

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I find it funny that you bring this up

  • Can't Touch An Intel 6-Core In Terms of Performance
  • Considering that it is less than 1/3rd the price the the cheapest Intel 6-Core (and we're not talking cheap parts here), you can't really compare its performance.  I don't see you can put a 6-core chip from AMD and Intel in the same budget.  Sure it's nice to say "They both have 6 cores!" but their worlds apart in price.

     

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    well considering 4 core intels stomp the 6 core amds into the dirt..thats why they should focus on bulldoser :) and $300 for a i7-950 compared to $220..well worth the extra $80...then again x58 mobos are much more expensive...i've always been an amd fan, but they need to get back to the top again, they are slacking.

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    MMcCutcheon:
    i've always been an amd fan, but they need to get back to the top again

    Yeah, but it's hard to compete with the Borg. Intel's R&D budget is enormous compared to AMD's.

    MMcCutcheon:
    4 core intels stomp the 6 core amds into the dirt..thats why they should focus on bulldoser

    I'd be willing to bet that they're doing that already,....tweaking it as much as possible before they release it. I think it will be good too.

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    @MMcCutcheon, I have the Intel i7 950, as well as the AMD Phenom II 1090T. I must say, that the i7 does not stomp my 6core into the dirt. Actually, I feel like my AMD chip performs better after overclocked. Use both rigs for folding, (although I have slowed down due to my heat bill) and I believe the 1090T pulls more points than the i7 950.

    So, the i7 is faster core for core, but there are many advanteges of an AMD offering. And like you said, you will be spending more on your board and memory with a x58 combo.

    I can't wait for bulldozer either, but you can't deny the great performance of AMD's current line

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    I like the review, but i want to see the next line of chips.

    Any one have any info on how the chips are coming?

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    The release of CPU's like this one just cement my feelings of goodwill towards AMD. I firmly believe that without AMD in the picture, Intel's prices would be through the roof even more so than they are are right now.

    This AMD part is not even close to the overall performance that you get with the Hex core Intel CPU, but it's performance isn't to be taken lightly either. As others have pointed out, the price/performance ratio is sweet, making this an affordable performance alternative for many of us.

    I too would like to see what's next in line for AMD releases, but will probably buy my next system's set of parts before they're released. Sandy Bridge may be what I end up with,......

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    I have a 1055t running at 3.5 ghz, and im plenty happy with it.  For the price that i paid for it, and what i use it for (gaming, audio and video editing) it does a really good job.  I will just wait for bulldozer in hopes that it will be better than whats out there now.

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