|AMD Athlon-II X2-255 CPU ADX255OCGQBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 29 March 2010|
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PCMark Vantage Benchmark Tests
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.
The PCMark Vantage test results give us renewed hope in the performance of the AMD Athlon-II X2-255 CPU, especially in gaming performance. The Athlon-II delivers superior performance in every aspect of the testing. The TV and Movies suite tests media transcoding and HD playback. Surprisingly enough, the Intel GMA4500 GPU on the Dual Core E5300 platform outperforms the GeForce 9800GTX+ on the Core 2 Duo platform. The Radeon HD 4200 paired with the Athlon-II X2-255 easily outperforms both of the other systems.
The gaming suite shows even the much slower 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo platform outperforming the Dual Core 2.6GHz system. This is likely due to the 9800GTX+ video card used in the Core 2 Duo system. Even with the added GPU power, the stock Athlon-II X2-255 nearly doubles the score of the Core 2 Duo platform. When overclocked, the gaming results for the Athlon-II X2-255 skyrocket, nearly doubling the stock scores and improving performance over the Core 2 Duo platform by 264%. I was so surprised by these results after the first testing that I ran the tests over again on each of the systems. The results did not significantly change. These results are unlikely to reflect actual real-world performance increases, as we will see later in our gaming benchmarks.
The PCMark music suite tests not only audio transcoding, but also webpage rendering using popular web-based music store formats. The Athlon-II X2-255 once again easily outpaces the performance of the two Intel platforms and more than doubles the score of the Dual Core platform when overclocked to 3.8GHz.