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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T & 1090T Six-Core Processors Review

Author: MAC
Date: April 26, 2010
Product Name: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T & 1090T Processors
 
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Test Setups & Methodology


For this review, we have prepared four different test setups, representing all the popular platforms at the moment, as well as most of the best-selling processors. As much as possible, the four test setups feature identical components, memory timings, drivers, etc. Aside from manually selecting memory frequencies and timings, every option in the BIOS was at its default setting.

AMD Phenom II AM3 Test Setup


Intel Core i3/i5/i7 LGA1156 Test Setup


Intel Core i7 LGA1366 Test Setup


Intel Core 2 LGA775 Test Setup



For all of the benchmarks, appropriate lengths are taken to ensure an equal comparison through methodical setup, installation, and testing. The following outlines our testing methodology:

A) Windows is installed using a full format.

B) Chipset drivers and accessory hardware drivers (audio, network, GPU) are installed followed by a defragment and a reboot.

C)To ensure consistent results, a few tweaks were applied to Windows Vista and the NVIDIA control panel:
  • Sidebar Disabled
  • UAC Disabled
  • System Protection/Restore Disabled
  • Problem & Error Reporting Disabled
  • Remote Desktop/Assistance - Disabled
  • Windows Security Center Alerts Disabled
  • Windows Defender Disabled
  • Screensaver Disabled
  • Power Plan - High Performance
  • NVIDIA PhysX Disabled
  • V-Sync Off

D) Programs and games are then installed & updated followed by another defragment.

E) Windows updates are then completed installing all available updates followed by a defragment.

F) Benchmarks are each run three times after a clean reboot for every iteration of the benchmark unless otherwise stated, the results are then averaged. If they were any clearly anomalous results, the 3-loop run was repeated. If they remained, we mentioned it in the individual benchmark write-up.

Here is a full list of the applications that we utilized in our benchmarking suite:
  • 3DMark06 Professional v1.2.0
  • 3DMark Vantage Professional Edition v1.0.2
  • Cinebench R10 64-bit
  • Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
  • Crysis v1.21
  • Far Cry 1.02
  • HyperPi 0.99b
  • wPRIME 2.03
  • Lame Front-End 1.0
  • Lavalys Everest Ultimate v5.50.2109 Beta
  • Left 4 Dead
  • PCMark Vantage Advanced 64-Bit Edition (1.0.1)
  • Photoshop CS4 Extended (64-bit)
  • ScienceMark 2.0 Build 21MAR05
  • Street Fighter 4 Demo
  • Valve Particle Simulation Benchmark
  • WinRAR 3.8.0
  • World in Conflict v1.010
  • x264 HD Benchmark v1.0

That is about all you need to know methodology wise, so let's get to the good stuff!
 
 
 

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