AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 and BE-2300 "Brisbane" Processors

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Futuremark 3DMark06 - CPU Test and PCMark05


Futuremark 3DMark06 - CPU Test
CPU Performance

3DMark06's test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of different 3D scenes that are generated with a software and hardware GPU renderers, which is also dependant on the host CPU's performance. In its CPU tests, the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the host processor. 


The performance between the Athlon 64 X2 4000+ and Athlon X2 BE-2350 was nearly identical, with the low power Athlon X2 BE-2350 recording a minor lead over the 4000+.

Futuremark PCMark05
Synthetic CPU and Memory Assessment

Next, we turned our attention to PCMark05's CPU and Memory modules.  Before each test we inserted a snip of FutureMark's explanation for each segment.

"The CPU test suite is a collection of tests that are run to isolate the performance of the CPU. The CPU Test Suite also includes multithreading: two of the test scenarios are run multithreaded; the other including two simultaneous tests and the other running four tests simultaneously. The remaining six tests are run single threaded. Operations include, File Compression/Decompression, Encryption/Decryption, Image Decompression, and Audio Compression" - Courtesy FutureMark Corp.


FutureMark’s PCMark05's CPU module posted similar performance deltas to what we recorded with the 3DMark06 CPU test.  Here the Athlon X2 BE-2350 posted an even smaller lead over the Athlon 64 X2 4000+ while the 3800+ posted a predictable third position.

" The Memory test suite is a collection of tests that isolate the performance of the memory subsystem. The memory subsystem consists of various devices on the PC. This includes the main memory, the CPU internal cache (known as the L1 cache) and the external cache (known as the L2 cache). As it is difficult to find applications that only stress the memory, we explicitly developed a set of tests geared for this purpose. The tests are written in C++ and assembly. They include: Reading data blocks from memory, Writing data blocks to memory performing copy operations on data blocks, random access to data items and latency testing."  - Courtesy FutureMark Corp.


With memory performance, the "Brisbane" based processors were on the same level, with the elder Athlon 64 X2 4000+ posting slightly higher performance.  Ultimately, it's the "Windsor" based Athlon 64 X2 3800+ that posted the highest memory scores, adding a 100 point lead over the "Brisbane" cores.

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