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Written by Hank Tolman   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Phenom-II X2-560BE
Testing and Results
EVEREST Benchmark Tests
Passmark PerformanceTest
PCMark Vantage Benchmark Tests
SiSoftware Sandra
Cinebench R11.5 Benchmarks
Video Game Benchmarks
AMD Phenom-II X2 Final Thoughts
HDZ560WFGMBOX Conclusion

SiSoftware Sandra

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.



# AMD's 560BE is a FLOPOneEyedPony 2010-09-22 03:37
Gamers are buying the X2 Phenon IIs to unlock the other cores, then it's worth it to buy over the Intel i5 and i7 chips(which are far superior in performance). But with no unlocking, sleepy performance results AND a $20 Premium over the 555BE, it makes NO sense what so ever to spend money on this dud for the 100Mhz.

Soon as word gets out on this flop 560 and no core unlocking, this chip will die a quick death into the abyss recycle bin.

Drop the price to $50 and then I might buy one. Until then, a X3 or X4 or x6 have much better value and performance.

Buh Bye 560BE
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# Core unlockingHank Tolman 2010-09-22 14:49
I agree wholeheartedly that the value for this CPU is low, especially for AMD standards. A 555BE would be a better purchase at this point, or an X4 as you say.
I just want to remind readers that, while the 560BE that I tested didn't have any unlockable cores, it doesn't mean that ALL 560BE's won't have unlockable cores. There is a slight chance with each Phenom-II X2 processor to have unlockable cores, but remember it is slight. If you want 4 cores, buy a quad-core processor.
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# OpportunityBruceBruce 2010-09-22 15:14
...or do what I did. I bought one (555BE) from a guy who bought it new, hoping to unlock it. He couldn't, it didn't, and he ended up selling it at a very substantial discount to me. It runs very reliacly and cool at 4.0 GHz.
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# ComparisonNormal 2010-10-03 01:34
Where is Intel's I3.Affraid to come out to play.The price from AMD Callisto's is better compared to I3 then to I5.
Value for money ,bang for the buck ,AMD is the way to go.
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# core unlockerchaz 2010-10-03 20:10
look I bought the amd phenom II x2 560 cpu and unlocked the the cores, overclocked had no problems ran great on apps and games. maybe someone should do alittle more home work.
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# agree with chazrodney 2010-10-15 14:27
i purchased this cpu also unlocked the cores simple as pie gigabyte board got this baby up to 4.5 stable not a glitch. then again i am in the process of obtaining my pc support spe#t certification. remember people learning is a life long process research and prosper.
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# MrJ.P. 2010-10-20 14:04
Hi there rodney , i bought a amd II x2 560 cpu this week and would like to overclock it safely without it bombing out . Could you please help and send me the details on what exactly i need to change please . I hope you can help . Thanx in regards
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# RE: agree with chazchaz 2010-10-22 17:14
are you water cooling are air cooling
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# MrJP 2010-10-30 23:16
Hi , I'm running the Freezer Pro Rev 2 cooler . It's air cooling , but brought my temperature down from 58 to 26 .
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOXZzyzxRoad 2010-10-19 08:34
Fry's Electronics had these 560 boxed cpus for $79.99 ($86 out the door) each limit one. My friend and I bought each both one and here's how it turned out. My cpu unlocked a 3rd core only, my friend's didn't unlock any, so he returned it to Fry's after some hassle for another and the replacement 560 also didn't unlock. He returned it for store credit and wound up buying a 975 BE.

I'm happy with mine, I run it everyday at 4.2Ghz no problem and stays cool.

So, you OC mileage and unlocking varies... Caveat Emptor
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# RE: RE: AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOXJerry Sanders 2011-02-22 19:52
If you read the benchmark report they provide here, it explains everything. each processor is different in the whole foundry process. So a 4 core might show so errata in one of the cores and AMD then sells it as a x2. you might be able to unlock one core extra with no problems. that makes it worth the price. Be careful and go slow. Either way, it is a terrific little gem of a processor made by a great American company who despises Intel. GO AMD!
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOXcyrex 2010-10-29 12:01
hi there...

i just got my phenom II x2 560 witch is running as phenom II x4 B60 @ ax 3.3ghz...

greets cyrex
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOXchaz 2010-11-05 07:17
hey jp now im having a issue with my 560be unlock I can it to about 3745 with 4cores. because im using the coolmaster 212 plus with two 120 fan push pull system on msi 870a-g54 mb and 4gig kingston 1600mhz mem. little help please!!!!!!!!!!!!
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# MrJP 2010-11-05 12:04
Hi guys , I installed a freezer 7 pro cooler for my cpu and unlocked the other cores . But every now and then the computer switched off and when restarted it said : "A Hyper transport sync flood error occured on last boot" . So I searched the topic on the internet and apaarently the cpu voltage is too low . So i slowly pushed the voltage up till i reached 1.7V but the internet forums said up to 2.1V . My PC was running okay , but then it happend again and now the pc doesnt want to start up at all , even after trying to reset the CMOS . Which component is most likely to have packed up , my motherboard or processor ?
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# MrJP 2010-11-05 12:07
O ja and im running a MSI 740GM-P25 motherboard and then the AMD 3M 560 black edition 3.3GHz processor , which one couldve failed ?
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# RE: MrOlin Coles 2010-11-05 12:18
I'm thinking that it could have been the CPU, especially with added voltage a lousy cooler like the AC Freezer 7 Pro. Of course, it could also be your power supply, since you say nothing starts at all now. If there are LED lights on the motherboard, and they light up, it's the CPU.
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# MrJP 2010-11-06 10:29
Hi Olin . The thing is not even the motherboard starts up . If i try and switch on and i take a look at the power supply fan it just gives a twitch on the fan and thats it . I dont want to go and buy a new proc and then it wasnt it . Isnt there another way that I can test to determine which one of the two it could be . I doubt it can be the powersupply seing that it is a 470watt high power supply and its brand new .

Thanx for replying
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# RE: MrOlin Coles 2010-11-06 10:35
I've seen plenty of brand new power supplies die. I've also seen brand new motherboards do the same thing. The processor is usually the last item to fail, so I'd see if you couldn't get another power supply to test with.
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# RE: RE: MrJP 2010-11-06 10:56
Thanx I will do so .
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# i guess some do some don't.Gigo 2010-12-05 13:56
Hia, I've had a 560 x2 now for 2 weeks, @ 4.2 Ghz with 4 cores .No probs, tho what is the default volts on this cpu? Mine is 1.472v. Seems alittle high. (Volts in bios set to auto ).
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# RE: i guess some do some don't.raff 2010-12-06 20:57
hi..i actually try to unlock the other 2 core from 560 X2,can u give me ur setting for the bios
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# RE: RE: i guess some do some don't.Gigo 2010-12-08 12:41
Hi, I've got a Gigabyte board so ,not sure about what you have, (though all boards have nearly the same settings but worded alittle dif ):)
I got F6 Bios, and turned EC Firmware to Hybrid.
This chip runs very cool it seems? Volts for stock one please.?
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOXchaz 2010-12-07 11:23
hey are running air are liquid
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# RE: RE: AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOXGigo 2010-12-08 12:46
HI, I'm on a water cooling set up. :)
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# GigabyteAndrew Stone 2010-12-19 10:03
If you get a gigabyte motherboard.
You can unlock the 4 cores. you have to use easytuner as the bios wont update it. dont worry this does the correct changes and voltages.

This CPU overclocked greatly for me. with the H70 around 4.8GHZ 22C idle load.
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# GigabyteGigo 2010-12-24 16:26
Easytune V6.(for me) is a pain ( Why does it spin up my dvd drive? ), Its only good to see my temps . Tho, yes this chip does go higher :)
Oh, And just change the bios for a newish one. :)
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# 4 cores easy unlockJosh 2010-12-31 12:48
ASUS core un-locker gets my vote for sure, popped this sucker in and in about 5 mins had stable quad core haven't started overclocking tests yet but will later.
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# ErmJordan Mckeag 2011-01-03 18:27
I had a few issues with my core unlocking on a gigabyte board.
It would not work at first. so i tried the utility, remember use the mothebroard utility if you want the cores unlocked.

This core always unlocks. you just need a good decent motherboard thats all.
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# RE: ErmVictor 2011-01-30 10:25
The extra Core/s DO NOT ALWAYSE UNLOCK. It pure luck. Even if you have the most expensive Mobo in the world there is NOT a 100% chance the extra Core/s will unlock. It's all about the CPU and maybe 5% your Mobo's ability to Unlock Cores.

But why so ?

Some Cores have been disabled because they were defective (The don't throw out a 4 Core CPU that has a malfunctioning Core, they just sell it as a X2, X3) BUT IF YOU ARE LUCKY, you will get a CPU that has it's Core/s disabled, but not deffective(some Cores, that AMD find defective, are also usable just not at their maximum/designed potential)
When there is high demand AMD has no choice, but to disable perfectly good Core/s)

Thanks for reading, I hope this helps someone :)
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# RE: AMD Phenom-II X2-560 BE CPU HDZ560WFGMBOXMichael 2011-05-20 10:51
Hey troubleshooters, don't forget, if you have an inferior power supply your rig can encounter unstable voltages almost anywhere. There is a reason why there is 1000watt+ power supplies. I can't imagine needing one greater the 550/650w for testing & setting up your core; but the more ancillary components, the more power you'll need to keep the rig stable.
I know its very 101 but don't forget about it.
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# AMD Phenom-II X2-560Steven 2011-07-20 22:09
This is the best processor in the market, with its dual-core working together, surely its like a quad-core. the best in gaming and in business, with no hassle free uprgades. this is the best way to spend you're money with.
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# AMDAndel 2011-08-17 03:47
Hay people i need help with something i just bought the AMD Phenom ii X2 560 BE and unlocked all fore cores, with a MSI 880gme-41 motherboard but there is no temperature reading-when? i unlock all fore cores, how can i fix this problem?
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# AMD Temperature ProblemAndel 2011-08-17 03:49
Hay people i need help with something i just bought the AMD Phenom ii X2 560 BE and unlocked all fore cores, with a MSI 880gme-41 motherboard but there is no temperature reading-when? i unlock all fore cores, how can i fix this problem? I need to monitor my CPU temperatures.
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# AMD Temperature ProblemScott 2011-12-03 18:17
@Andel:- If you unlock any cores on AMD you will not be able to use core temp readings, you will only be able to use the system BIOS or TMPIN in some of the monitoring programs. This is due to the fact that AMD disabled these core and this also disables the core temp diode on the cpu. You will always get the Temp from the diode under the socket on the Motherboard, but I am not sure the correct name for it in the different monitoring programs. Hope that helps
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# H2Ofvh 2011-10-17 04:32
With: ASUS M4A89GTD-PRO + AMD Phenom II X2 560BE + ANTEC KÜHLER H?O 920

I get a 3-core CPU @ 4,3Ghz
that never goes higher that 50°C @ full load
With a liquid temp between 37°C / 38°C @ full load
Radiator Fans @ +/- 1000RPM @ full load
Chassis Fans 750RPM @ full load
Motherboard 24°C @ full load

I still need to test this when it's HOT in my room... like full blown summer :)
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# AMD Phenom temperature problemTeach 2011-10-31 05:00
Hay when i unlock my AMD Phenom x2 560 to x4 on a my MSI 880GM-E41 mother board the temperature would not read. I really ned help with this.
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# enable temp. diodes?Cyber Toon 2012-11-25 11:27
would you be able to enable to enable the temp. diodes with the motherboard, or would you have to insert extra pins in the cpu's missing pin slots like some peole do to enable multi on cpu with no multi?
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