|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU HDZ965FBGIBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Mathew Williams|
|Thursday, 13 August 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 areas of concentration for 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: Integer Math, Floating Point Math, Find Prime Numbers, SSE/3DNow!, Compression, Encryption, Image Rotation, and String Sorting. For this review, we've also decided to run the memory benchmark, which results in a composite score based on the following tests: small block allocation, cached read, uncached read, write performance, and large block allocation.
From past reviews, we've seen that Intel processors consistently score higher in this benchmark. Once again, that's the case. The extra clock speed of the Phenom II X4 965 allows it to inch closer to the Intel Q9450, but it still can't quite pass it up. The X4 965 does, however, perform about 6.5% faster than the X4 955. What's interesting is that this performance increase also applies to the memory score. It appears that the at least some memory tests used by Passmark were affected by the difference in clock speed.