AMD 1090T Six Core Review
For our testing we're going to compare the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T against the two most likely rivals. Firstly the previous top dog from the AMD stable, the Phenom II 965BE, and the equally priced offering from Intel, the i7 930. We will be running all three processors at stock and at around the 4GHz mark too.
Obviously the 965BE has 4 cores, the i7 930 has four cores with HyperThreading and the X6 1090T has six cores, so the results will vary in processor core-heavy applications.
Lavalys Everest Ultimate
We have a few interesting results from Everest. Primarily in heavy CPU applications the 965BE is outclassed by some margin. However the zLib test provides a very surprising result, and hopefully the first of many. Despite zLib compression being a hyper-threaded test, the 1090T spanked the 930. Six genuine cores obviously trounce 4 pretend ones.
Sandra nicely backs up the results we saw from Everest, with the 1090T in stock form in third place, the overclocked i7 930 in second and the overclocked 1090T in a healthy lead.
Impressive stuff indeed from AMD.
PC Mark Vantage
The PC Mark Vantage test is primarily one that rewards immense clock speeds, and the graphs here reflect this. The major winner is the i7 930 but this is primarily because the tri-channel RAM setup allows for far greater bandwidth, which is rewarded within the tests.
Despite the handicap of dual-channel RAM the 1090T still holds up it's end of the deal, especially in overclocked trim.