AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6-Core Processor Review - HotHardware

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6-Core Processor 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 memory timings for either 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, finally, 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:
Phenom II X6 1090T
(3.2GHz Six-Core)

MSI 890FX-GD70
Asus CrissHair IV
(890FX Chipset)

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

GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA 

Windows 7 x64
System 2:
Core i7 Extreme 975
(3.33GHz - Quad-Core) 
Core i7 980X
(3.33GHz - Six-Core)

Gigabyte EX58-UD5
(X58 Express Chipset)

3x2GB OCZ DDR3-1333
(@ 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 i7 870
(2.93GHz - Quad-Core)
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 4:
Phenom II X4 965
(3.4GHz Quad-Core)

Asus M4A79T Deluxe
(AMD 790FX 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
 Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2010 SP1
 Synthetic Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009 SP4, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2009 SP4 suite with Intel's new Core i7-980X Extreme (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Cache and Memory).  All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speeds of 3.2GHz with 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM running in dual-channel mode on the MSI 890FX-GD70 motherboard.


Processor Arithmetic
Phenom II X6 1090T


Multimedia
Phenom II X6 1090T


Memory Bandwidth
Phenom II X6 1090T


Cache and Memory
Phenom II X6 1090T

The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T performed well in the various SiSoft SANDRA tests that we ran. In the processor arithmetic and multimedia benchmark, the CPU finished about in the middle of the pack, unable to overcome the higher-end Intel processors. In the memory bandwidth test, the AMD platform offered up over 12GB/s of peak bandwidth, and in the combined cache and memory test, the Phenom II X6 finished at the top of the charts.

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Intel Core i7 920-930 still beats AMD 1090T!

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Well I run a 930 my wife runs a 965BE she inherited. When run side by side in our systems both running the same speed DDR3 and one a ATI 5870 with the other a 5850 the difference is pretty much laughable on the same game. So is that worthy of 700 bucks of a difference? Were talking maybe 2 fps if that (and usually not that) so a 6 core processor of the AMD variety is even closer than a 4 core. Sounds like a waste of money to me more than anything!

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No complaints so far on my 1090T.  Around April I was about to build an i7 system when I heard the 1090T was coming out.  Paired with an 890FX board and 8 gigs of ram, system is the fastest i have owned yet (previous systems were athlon and Phenom II 710, so not saying much here).  I have never had an Intel processor to compare AMD to...

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I think if AMD really tried to make a high end top of the line CPU to compete with Intel, it would be a pretty stout chip.

I miss the days when AMD had the faster CPUs AND at a lower price.

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I'd actually settle for a clearer technical (read: actual) roadmap of what AMD is trying to do more rather than an actual chip.  They have been keeping their plans too close to their chest.  I'd love to be enthusiastic about their upcoming product but its hard when I have no idea what they are and what they plan to do!  All I know is that power point slide that they have been showing since last year.

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I think they're just winging it lol

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Was just looking through this again and noticed that the test systems used a GeForce GTX 280.  Would love to see a a ATI 5800 series card in there to complete the Leo platformWink

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Love amd's 1090t

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