|AMD Athlon-II X2-260 Regor Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 07 June 2010|
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Testing and Results
Before I begin any benchmarking or overclocking, I thoroughly stress the CPU and memory by running Prime95 on all available cores for 12 hours. If no errors are found, I move on to a gaming stress test. To do this, I use Prime95 again to stress the processor, while running an instance of FurMark's stability test on top of this. If the computer survives this test for 2 hours without lockup or corruption, I consider it to be stable and ready for overclocking. After achieving what I feel is stable overclock, I run to these tests again for certainty. The goal of this stress testing is to ensure the clock speeds and settings are stable before performing any benchmarks. I adopted this method from another writer here at Benchmark Reviews and it seems to do a great job of flushing out what only seem to be stable overclocks.
Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process proves extremely important in the many gaming benchmarks, as the first run serves to cache maps allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.
For our Athlon-II X2-260 review, the following test systems and comparison processors will be used. As was mentioned before, the Athlon-II X2-260 will be directly compared to compared to its predecessor, the Athlon-II X2-255. The Athlon-II X3-445 is presented to show the next step up from the Athlon-II X2-260. The cost difference between the Athlon-II X2-260 and the X3-445 is $11, while the difference between the two X2 processors is $9. This gives us a good idea of where we should expect the performance of the respective processors to be. We have also included the results of both the Athlon-II X2-260 and the X3-445 when overclocked. An Intel i7-920 has been included in the tests to show how the Athlon-II X2-260 compares to the very high-end computing performance.Intel X58 Test Platform
AMD Socket AM3 Test System