AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE Review

SiSoft Sandra & Everest

CPU Performance

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC.

CPU Arithmetic

The CPU arithmetic test ascertains the processor's capabilities in terms of numerical operations. Two subtests named Dhrystone and Whetstone are carried out respectively. This is not a measure of latency and thus higher is better.

In terms of raw arithmetic performance, the Phenom II X6 processors waddle off to a pretty depressing start. Only at 4.20GHz does the Phenom II show any ability to keep up with the reference clocked i7 950.

CPU Multimedia

The CPU Multimedia Test focuses on CPU based operations that may occur during multimedia based tasks. The magnitude of the score depends on the processor's ability to handle Integer, Float and Double data types.

...and then all of a sudden the tables turn in a big way. Here the i7 950 cannot keep up with either 1090T or 1100T, let alone once they are overclocked.

CPU Queen

CPU Queen is based on branch prediction and the misprediction penalties that are involved.

The 100MHz increase over the 1090T offers a small performance boost as shown above, while at 4.20GHz the 1100T BE is miles ahead. The reference frequency i7 950 is positioned between the default and overclocked results; a clear win for team blue.

CPU Photoworxx

PhotoWorxx as the name may suggest tests processors by means of invoking functions that are common to Photo Manipulation including Fill, Flip, Crop, Rotate, Difference and Colour to B&W conversion.

Clearly Intel's performance reign is most noticeable with media/photo editing based tasks. Not even the 4.20GHz Phenom II is a match for the identically priced i7 950 at reference speeds.


This is an integer based benchmark that will test the CPU and Memory by means of the CPU ZLib compression library.

The tables turn yet again, with the Core i7 950 falling behind the pack of hex core processors. The next page will cover some more synthetic benchmarks.

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Most Recent Comments

07-12-2010, 09:25:24

Someone hasnt slept tonight I take it, posting this at half six. Must be up with something green....

Like the review mate, shame really that the AMD offering is still trumped by the 950.Quote

08-12-2010, 00:23:31

Im still waiting to see bulldozer(more specifically Zambezi/Orochi due to launch next year) and bobcat(ontario the netbook/tablet APU). those are 2 things from AMD im looking forward to. Competition to the i7 9xx series and Atom combo. Im not really interested in the middle of the range Llano as it is still athlonII basedQuote

17-12-2010, 19:30:42

I can understand buying an X6 for rendering and stuff, but from what ive heard 6 cores doesn't improve gaming performance because most games are set up for 4 cores?

im probably misinformed.Quote

17-12-2010, 19:47:01

Originally Posted by loonyface View Post

I can understand buying an X6 for rendering and stuff, but from what ive heard 6 cores doesn't improve gaming performance because most games are set up for 4 cores?

im probably misinformed.
Nope you are totally right

For most newer games even an i3 540 will do the job perfectly fine. It's the GPU that counts most in games. Talking applications that really take advantages of a great CPU, well you have a different story there.Quote

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