Enter The Dragon: AMD Phenom II X4 940

3DMark06 and Vantage CPU Tests

3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance.  Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering.  The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, 3DMark06's built-in CPU benchmark reported scores in-line with our previous tests.  The new Phenom IIs performed well, outpacing the older 9950, but Intel's Core 2 and Core i7 processors retained their lead, except for the Q9400 that is, which was barely edged out by the Phenom II 940. 

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 is a multi-threaded test designed for comparing relative game physics processing performance between systems.  This test consists of a single scene that features an air race of sorts, with a complex configuration of gates. There are aircraft in the test that trail smoke and collide with various cloth and soft-body obstacles, each other, and the ground. The smoke spreads, and reacts to the planes as they pass through it as well and all of this is calculated on the host CPU. 


3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 benchmark proved to be somewhat of a strong point for AMD's new baby.  Here, the Phenom II's hung right alongside Intel's best, regardless of frequency.

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