AMD Phenom X4 9350e and 9950 BE Debut - HotHardware

AMD Phenom X4 9350e and 9950 BE Debut

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: 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 DDR2-1066 (AMD) with 5,5,5,15 timings or DDR3-1333 with 7,7,7,20 timings (Intel). The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows Vista Ultimate 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, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

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

System 1:
Core 2 Extreme QX9650
(3.0GHz - Quad-Core)
Core 2 Quad Q6600
(2.40GHz - Quad-Core)
Core 2 Duo E6850
(3.0GHz - Dual-Core)

Asus P5E3 Premium
(X48 Chipset)

2x1GB Corsair DDR3-1800
CL 7-7-7-20 - DDR3-1333

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate
NVIDIA Forceware v163.75
DirectX Redist (November 2007)

System 2: 
AMD Phenom X4 9950
(2.6GHz)
AMD Phenom X4 9350e
(2.0GHz)
AMD Phenom X3 8750
(2.4GHz)
AMD Phenom X4 9850
(2.5GHz)
AMD Phenom 9600
(2.3GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
(2.4GHz) 

Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6
(AMD 790FX Chipset)

2x1GB Corsair PC2-8500
CL 5-5-5-15 - DDR2-1066

GeForce 8800 GTX
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate
NVIDIA Forceware v163.75
DirectX Redist (November 2007)

 

 Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA XII SP2a
 Synthetic Benchmarks


We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA XII, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA XII suite with AMD's new Phenom X4 9950 and X4 9350e processors (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, and Memory Bandwidth).  All of the scores reported below were taken with the processors running at their default clock speeds of 2.6GHz and 2.0GHz, with 2GB of DDR2-1066 RAM running in unganged mode.



Processor Arithmetic
Phenom X4 9350e


Multimedia
Phenom X4 9350e


Memory Bandwidth
Phenom X4 9350e




Processor Arithmetic
Phenom X4 9950




Multimedia
Phenom X4 9950




Memory Bandwidth
Phenom X4 9950



SiSoft SANDRA's various benchmark modules reported scores right in-line with logical expectations.  The higher-clocked Phenom X4 9950 was faster than any other AMD quad-core CPU and the lower-clocked X4 9350e finished behind the other AMD-based quad-cores, and they both trailed Intel's quad-core offerings by significant amounts in the processor arithmetic and multimedia tests. In the memory bandwidth tests though, the new Phenoms shot to the head of the pack with peak bandwidth of greater than 10GB/s for both.

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Wow, that 9950 is power hungry.  Eek.  They gotta get that down.  Not bad performance, but it's still the same architecture so it's gonna lag behind Intel in many things.

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I don't really like re-releases of a same core just with "higher clocks" -- if its the same architecture why not just release it with the rest of the series?

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Yeah but at least there getting more up to speed. I hate to say it but even as an AMD enthusiast who's thinking about building a new system I don't know. The power is no issue I'm looking at either the HYPER 885 or 1200 watt unit for power so thats no issue at all. However Intel is supposed to release a totally new CPU in the next 6 months. With the last 2 years of results in processor output and the performance variables I might have to just go intel and DDR3.

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rapid, perhaps youd be interested in uying my 1250 watt psu?

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I have faith in AMD -- look what just happened between ATI and nVidia! I believe DAMIT is just starting to get their feet under them from the merger way back and beginning to make headway....its only a matter of time

I say this as no fanboi of either AMD or Intel -- just as a guy hoping for good competition

 

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 Hey guys, I have been tweaking some Phenoms and I have found some interesting stuff. Amd phenom is performing better on higher resolutions given the same video card. Would you guys mind testing this for me ? It would really be helpful.  In particular the 9950 even though the 9850 would still be good if that is all you have access to.

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 I am bumping this. I am suprised no one is as curious as me.

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