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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bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

[quote user="Marco"]Our tests showed the 1090T performing in roughly the same neighborhood as the Core i7 870 and Core i7 975 depending on the application, but the Phenom II X6 1090T costs hundreds of dollars less than both. [/quote]

This right here sums everything up pretty well. Might not be the top performer, but most of us not counting Raid Stick out tongue don't have that much to spend on a CPU. This looks like one hell of a CPU for the price.

animatortom 4 years ago

The 1090T is only $309 on the Egg! That's crazy compared to the I7's 1K price tag!

Pair it up with the current slew of Infineye cards and the price is just right. You can even save enough to get yourself the extra three monitors!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.382678

realneil 4 years ago

This just proves my point that AMD is essential to the home computer consumer. This is true even if you don't buy one of them.

The introduction of a CPU in the 300 dollar range that competes with Intel's 675-1000 dollar CPU's is significant and welcome news indeed.

This introduction HAS to affect prices of Intel CPU's in the near future unless they (Intel) want to see a runaway migration to the 'other side' like has happened in the past.

Intel seems to be able to counter within a short time frame, just about every move by AMD with something better, but they always charge a very healthy premium for their technology. AMD’s sensible pricing structures for their competitive CPU’s deliver what we want as consumers, for prices that we can more easily afford in today’s economy.

It’s true that Intel has low priced offerings for us, but not their performance line of CPU’s.

Thank You for doing it yet again AMD!

And thanks for another great review HotHardware.

Schmich 4 years ago

"despite the latter's higher default clock speed (3.3GHz vs."

It should be 3.2Ghz. Thanks for the review!

Considering the price and that AMD won't come out with the next generation of CPU's in a while I see very little reason to wait. However in my case, I just unlocked my 720BE to a quad core (thanks to ASUS) 2 weeks ago so I'm unsure what to do.

If I hadn't recently unlocked my triple core 720BE to a quad core (thanks to ASUS) I would definitely have bought this CPU straight away. Now I will w Great bang for the buck.

gibbersome 4 years ago

Okay, I'm confused. The benchmarks and in-game performance tell two very different stories. So which one is it: does this belong in a gaming rig or not?

marco c 4 years ago

@Gibbersome - The low-res gaming tests don't paint a pretty picture, but the 1090T is plenty fast for a gaming rig. With the resolution cranked up and details maxes, you're going to be more GPU bound, than CPU.

gibbersome 4 years ago

Thanks Marco. At the very least, it fills the niche for consumers looking for a cheap multi-core processor.

I fully agree with realneil on this. While the 980x is still the enthusiast's pick, Intel is going to find it hard to compete with AMD on price.

Der Meister 4 years ago

very impressive for the price!

la_guy_10 4 years ago

 

Another great review, I would agree Marco on a cost to cost basis you cannot match what AMD brings to the table. As you mentioned they are not the performance champion but they do offer a compelling solution to value shoppers or people who still own the good old trusty AM3 setup. What a treat they are getting, a simple bios update and they keep rolling along. Yes

As we move forward AMD will only strengthen their lineup as things move closer to the fusion launch. 

It is a great day indeed when you can get 6 cores running near 3GHZ for under $300 and the other for $200.

 

rapid1 4 years ago

     So basically what I see here is that if you are not willing to fork over 3-45K and up for a great system you should go with one of these new AMD 6 core processors (this represents the largest PC user population worldwide by a margin that is not really even a margin), you should go for one of these new AMD based systems which you will most likely be able to buy 2-4 computers, and for the same price of a single six core Intel system.

     One thing we need to realize here is the user for the lower priced system with the best performance all together represents probably 75% of the PC market in both expectations as well as usage parameters.

     So AMD basically represents this huge market population, where Intel represents the remaining 20-25% of the market. The biggest thing here as well as the market decider is the only people in general who understand any of this is a percentage of that 25%. Seems a rather sad state of affairs for the rest of the worlds population does it not? While in all reality it also show's that AMD most likely has a lot of growing to do in the near future as the general population figures this out. Much like I will also say the last time AMD started seriously chomping on some Intel market share. I love when a market corrects itself because in the end us small percentage get more to play with as does the rest of the world sooner or later :)

dlim783 4 years ago

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

rapid1 4 years ago

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!

lifeskills 4 years ago

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...

acarzt 4 years ago

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.

crowTrobot 4 years ago

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.

acarzt 4 years ago

I think they're just winging it lol

lifeskills 4 years ago

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

fat78 4 years ago

Love amd's 1090t

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