|AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE Black Edition AM3 CPU|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 09 February 2009|
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PassMark PerformanceTest is a PC hardware benchmark utility that allows a user to quickly assess the performance of their computer and compare it to a number of standard 'baseline' computer systems. The Passmark PerformanceTest CPU tests all benchmark the mathematical operations, compression, encryption, SSE, and 3DNow! instructions of modern processors.
In our tests there were several area's of concentration for each each benchmark, which are combined into one compound score. This score is referred to as the CPU Mark, and is a composite of the following tests:
Taken together as a whole, the eight separate CPU tests offers a very realistic segment of what taxes the processor most for users. The tests are grossly exaggerated synthetic benchmarks, but they can still help illustrate the difference.
The triple-core AMD X3 720 Black Edition scores 1968 CPU Marks, and comes in behind the others. Performing nearly 21% better than the X3 720 is the Phenom II X4 810, which scores 2374 CPU Marks. Next comes the Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition with a 16% improvement over the X4 810, taking the score to 2748 CPU Marks. Finally, the Intel Core i7 920 earns 4340 CPU Marks, yielding a 58% improvement over the Phenom II X4 940.
Keep in mind that these are magnified artificial benchmark tests, and that the Core i7-920 does not actually perform 58% better than a Phenom II X4 940, or 121% better than an X3 720. It is going to perform slightly better, to be sure, but real-world activities do not include floating point math or many hundreds of image rotations in a few seconds.