|AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Tuesday, 21 September 2010|
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SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
The SANDRA DhryStone and Whetstone tests are CPU tests that run completely within the CPU + cache memory itself. These tests are perfect for seeing general efficiency per processing core. Dhrystone is basically a suite of arithmetic and string manipulating programs and is an older CPU tests. Even so, it remains a simple and accurate way to show RAW CPU processing performance. The whetstone benchmark primarily measures floating-point arithmetic performance.
Once again, the Sandra test suite shows us the same trend that we have been noticing all along. The Phenom-II X2-560BE falls right between the dual and triple-core Athlon-II processors and the L3 cache doesn't seem to provide much of a difference. The Intel dual-core processors easily outperform the Phenom-II X2-560BE and are more closely paired to the Athlon-II quad-core processors. Again, this can be expected from a test suite that focuses on multi-core processing. Even older multi-core tests such as the Dhrystone tests show the preference for multiple cores over core speed. In fact, when overclocked to 4.1GHz, the Phenom-II X2-560BE loses ground for some reason on the Dhrystone tests.
The Whetstone tests are almost exactly like the Dhrystone tests in that the Phenom-II X2-560BE surpasses the Athlon-II dual-core, but not the triple-core or the Intel dual-core processors. The only real difference is that there is an increase in performance for the Phenom-II X2-560BE when it is overclocked.