|AMD Athlon-II X2-260 Regor Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 07 June 2010|
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Passmark Performance Test
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.
The Passmark performance tests show a much different result than the Everest tests. It seems that the clock speed influences the test score a lot more than the amount of cores, where the AMD processors are concerned. The Athlon-II X2-260 not only maintains its 3% advantage over the X2-255, but in the Passmark tests, the X2-260 also outperforms the X3-445 at stock speeds. Granted, the performance increase over the X3-445 is less than 1%, and therefore within the margin of error. When overclocked, the faster clockspeed of the X3-445 at 3.9GHz outperforms the 3.6GHz X2-260 by about 9%.
The Memory marks show the same results as the CPU marks. The i7-920 was omitted from the Memory results so that the same test memory could be used in all the platforms. The Athlon-II X2-260 at stock speeds once again outperforms both of the slower clocked processors, the X2-255 and the X3-445, by about 3%. At overclocked speeds, the faster X3-445 takes the lead with its clock speed of 3.9GHz over the 3.6GHz Athlon-II X2-260. The Passmark results give us a good idea of how the X2-260 might perform under programs that only utilize a single core. The bottom line here is that it probably isn't worth the extra $11 to get the triple-core X3-445 if you aren't planning on putting that third core to use.