|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU HDZ965FBGIBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Mathew Williams|
|Thursday, 13 August 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.
In contrast to Passmark's rankings, PCMark05 places the Phenom II X4 965 well ahead of the Intel Q9450. Not surprising, it also pulls ahead of the X4 955 in the overall and CPU benchmarks. What is surprising, however, is that once again there is a significant increase in memory scores. This appears to be more of a reflection of the memory tests used in PCMark05 than pure memory performance though. As we saw in Everest, both the X4 965 and the 955 are about matched in terms of memory bandwidth.