|AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AM3 Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Mathew Williams|
|Tuesday, 02 June 2009|
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PCMark05 Benchmark Tests
Using synthetic benchmarks to compare one product to another has some distinct advantages when testing similar hardware, yet I have never found myself completely satisfied by the process. I have come to understand that they're important for comparing "apples to apples", and that the results are usually very consistent. But as with any synthetic benchmark, the numbers can often mean very little more than just numbers. We don't take a high score on a synthetic benchmark to mean that a product will/should perform well, and neither should you. The difference between projected performance and actual performance is the difference between fire and the fire-fly.
PCMark is a series of computer benchmark tools developed by Futuremark. The tools are designed to test the performance of the user's CPU, read/write speeds of RAM and hard drives. We have used these tests to simulate a battery of applications and tasks, which will produce results we can compare to other systems using similar hardware.
Contrary to Passmark, PCMark05 places the Phenom II X2 550 ahead of the Intel E7400 by about 5% on the CPU test and 9% on the memory test. Taking a look at the individual tests, however, reveals a slight lead in Intel's favor on the single-threaded audio compression sub-test. Historically, this is one area in which Intel's Core 2 series does very well. In most other sub-tests, though, the X2 550 came out on top, leading to the higher composite score.
Given the results so far, I'm tempted to declare a tie between the X2 550 and the E7400. Each seem to have their strengths and weaknesses within our synthetic benchmark suites. Of course, we still have a few tests to go. Let's see how they do in some real world gaming benchmarks.