AMD Athlon II X2 240e and X3 435 Mainstream CPUs

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Our Test Systems & SANDRA

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 of DDR3-1333 with 7,7,7,20 timings. 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: 
AMD Athlon II X2 240e
(2.8GHz Dual-Core)
AMD Phenom II X3 435
(2.9GHz Tri-Core)

AMD Athlon II X2 250
(3.0GHz Dual-Core)
AMD Phenom II X3 705e
(2.5GHz Tri-Core)
AMD Phenom II X4 905e
(2.5GHz Quad-Core)
AMD Phenom II X2 550
(3.1GHz Dual-Core)

AMD Phenom II X4 810
(2.60GHz Quad-Core)
AMD Phenom II X3 720BE
(2.8GHz Tri-Core)

Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
(AMD 790FX Chipset)

2x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600

CL 7-7-7-20 - DDR3-1333

EVGA GeForce GTX 280

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate
NVIDIA Forceware v191.07

System 2: 
Core 2 Duo E6850
(3.0GHz - Dual-Core)

Asus P5E3 Premium
(X48 Express Chipset)

4x1GB Corsair DDR3-1600
CL 7-7-7-20 - DDR3-1333

GeForce GTX 280

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate


 Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
 Synthetic Benchmarks

Testing began with SiSoftware's SANDRA XII, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2009 suite with AMD's new Athlon II series processors (CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Cache and Memory).  All of the scores reported below were taken with the processors running at their default clock speeds of 2.8GHz and 2.9GHz, respectively, with 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM running in unganged mode.

Athlon II X2 @ 2.8GHz
CPU Arithmetic

Athlon II X2 @ 2.8GHz

Athlon II X2 @ 2.8GHz
Mem. Bandwidth: 

Athlon II X2 @ 2.8GHz
Cache and
Mem. Bandwidth


Athlon II X3 435 @ 2.9GHz
CPU Arithmetic

Athlon II X3 435 @ 2.9GHz

Athlon II X3 435 @ 2.9GHz
Mem. Bandwidth: DDR3-1333

Athlon II X3 435 @ 2.9GHz
Cache and Mem. Bandwidth

To prevent the page from getting too cluttered with SANDRA charts, we've run these tests only on AMD's "new" processors being released today, the dual-core Athlon II X2 and triple-core Athlon X3. The other models hitting the scene feature different clock speeds as well as power savings.

When compared with one another, the extra core and 100MHz speed advantage that the X3 435 makes a noticeable difference in every SANDRA benchmark we ran. While both processors provide respectable results, the tri-core Athlon is clearly the superior performing chip.

Tags:  AMD, CPU, processor, Athlon, AM3, AM2, Propus

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