AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6-Core Processor Review

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Test Systems and SiSoft SANDRA

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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