|AMD Phenom-II X4-840 CPU HDX840WFGMBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Tuesday, 04 January 2011|
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AIDA64 Extreme Edition v1.1 Benchmark Tests
In November, 2010, FinalWire acquired and discontinued Lavalys EVEREST, updated it, and released it as AIDA64. AIDA64 is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems. Furthermore, complete software, operating system and security information makes AIDA64 a comprehensive system diagnostics tool that offers a total of 100 pages of information about your PC.
All of the benchmarks used in our test bed rely on basic x86 instructions and consume very low system memory while also being aware of HyperThreading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors. While the AIDA64 CPU tests really only compare the processor performance more than it measures platforms, it still offers a glimpse into what kind of power each platform possesses.Queen and Photoworxx tests are synthetic benchmarks that operate the function many times and over-exaggerate by several magnitudes what the real-world performance would be like. The Queen benchmark focuses on the branch prediction capabilities and misprediction penalties of the CPU. It does this by finding possible solutions to the classic queen problem on a chessboard. At the same clock speed theoretically the processor with the shorter pipeline and smaller misprediction penalties will attain higher benchmark scores.
In the Queen tests, the Phenom-II X4-840 gives about a 2.8% increase over the Athlon-II X4-645, just what we would expect from the 3% bump in clock speed. When overclocked, the X4-840 increases its own performance by almost 23% and comes within a few thousand points of both the Core i7-920 and the Core i5-2500K.
Like the Queen benchmark, the Photoworxx tests for penalties against pipeline architecture. The synthetic Photoworxx benchmark stresses the integer arithmetic and multiplication execution units of the CPU and also the memory subsystem. Due to the fact that this test performs high memory read/write traffic, it cannot effectively scale in situations where more than two processing threads are used. The AIDA64 Photoworxx benchmark performs the following tasks on a very large RGB image:
I have noticed over time that the Photoworxx test, unlike most of the other AIDA64 tests, depends a lot on the L3 cache. In this test more than any other, the CPUs that have an L3 cache perform a lot better than those that do not. Curiously, the Phenom-II X4-840 falls slightly behind the Athlon-II X4-645 in the Photoworxx test, although at an interval of less than 1%. When overclocked to 3.9GHz, the performance increases by over 20%.
The Zip Library test measures combined CPU and memory subsystem performance through the public ZLib compression library. ZLib is designed as a free lossless data compression library for use on virtually any computer hardware and operating system. The ZLib data format is itself portable across platforms and has a footprint independent of input data that can be reduced at some cost in compression.
In the ZLib integer test, the Phenom-II X4-840 comes out just over 3% ahead of the X4-645, which is right where it should be. When overclocked, performance is increased by over 22.5% and the Phenom-II X4-840 at 3.9GHz reaches a ZLib performance above that of the much more expensive, but stock clocked, Intel Core i7 and i5 CPUs.
The AES integer benchmark measures CPU performance using AES data encryption. It utilizes Vincent Rijmen, Antoon Bosselaers and Paulo Barreto's public domain C code in ECB mode and consumes 48 MB of memory.
While I normally like to put both of the Everest integer performance tests on one graph, the Core i5-2500K made that impossible this time. With the new Sandy Bridge and Lynnfield series of processors, Intel made some major changes to the way their CPUs handle AES compression. This new processing is a boon to webmasters everywhere, as well as anyone who deals with compressed files on a regular basis. With that in mind, the Core i5 processor completely destroys the competition in the AES test. The Phenom-II X4-840, while not competing in any way with the Core i5 processor, does outpace the Core i7-920 processor, even when both processors are at stock speeds. It also outperforms the Athlon-II X4-645 by 3% and boosts its own performance by over 22% when overclocked to 3.9GHz.
The floating point tests take us straight back to the normal 3% increase in performance for the Phenom-II X4-840 over the Athlon-II X4-645. All three tests, the 32-bit, 64-bit, and 128-bit keep almost exactly the same level of increase, lending validity to the tests. All three floating point numbers are increased by about 22.5% when the Phenom-II X4-840 is overclocked to 3.9GHz. Interestingly enough, in the 32-bit Julia and 64-bit Mandel tests, the overclocked X4-840 outperforms the stock Core i7-920, although it doesn't reach the Core i5-2500K levels. The 128-bit SinJulia tests show the Intel CPUs still on top, even after overclocking. Still, it's not a bad performance for a CPU set to release at $102.