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Written by Mathew Williams   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AM3 Processor
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Phenom II X2 550 BE
Testing and Results
EVEREST Benchmark Tests
Passmark PerformanceTest
PCMark05 Benchmark Tests
Crysis Gaming
Devil May Cry 4 Gaming
SPECperfview CATIA Tests
Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Devil May Cry 4 Gaming

Devil May Cry 4 is one of the newest additions to Benchmark Reviews' testing suite. Fortunately for us, Capcom recognized the community's interest in hardware testing and included a built in benchmarking tool with this game. In fact, it is even included it in the demo. The benchmarking tool runs through four different scene, all of which I highly recommend watching. However, for the purposes of our review, we only report the scores of the most challenging tests: scenes 2 and 4.

Similar to the Crysis gaming benchmarks, we will start testing DMC 4 at lower settings to reduce the impact of GPU limitations. From there, we'll slowly increase resolution and quality settings until we reach the limit of our HD 4870.

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Up first is Scene 2 of the DMC4 built-in benchmark. At low settings, the Phenom II X2 550 has a clear lead over the Intel E7400 of about 7%. At higher resolutions and quality settings, however, the numbers look a bit different with the E7400 ahead by 1-2%. Looking at the range of scores across the board, though, this appears to be within the margin of error for this test.

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In the fourth scene, the Phenom II X2 550 again dominates the lower resolution test among the dual core processors listed. Interestingly, in our second test run at 1280x1024, the Phenom II X2 550 even pulls ahead of the quad-cores. My guess is we're hitting the limit of our HD 4870 again and that is causing the mixed results; increasing the resolution and quality a step further tightens things up a bit.



 

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