|AMD Phenom-II X4-975 BE CPU HDZ975FBGMBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Tuesday, 04 January 2011|
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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.
The Dhrystone test suite results once again show the Phenom-II X4-975BE topping the AMD CPUs, which is exactly where we would expect it to be. Unfortunately the Phenom-II X4-975BE can't keep up with the Intel CPUs here, falling behind by quite a large margin, even when overclocked to 4.0GHz.
The Whetstone tests show a similar story to a lesser degree. The Phenom-II X4-975BE gets a lot closer to the performance of the Intel CPUs, but still trails slightly, even when overclocked.Regardless of clock speed, the Intel Core processors perform much better on the Sandra tests.