AMD Phenom II X4 965BE Rev C3

Gaming Benchmarks

3DMark06
 
Futuremark's 3DMark06 is a means of testing a system's capability as a gaming machine. It has aged a little however and as such is no longer all that GPU bound with the likes of the Radeon HD 5850.
 
 
Interestingly, along with the rise in CPU score, the SM2.0 and SM3.0 score increased by a considerable margin.
 
3DMark Vantage
 
3DMark Vantage is Futuremark's flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that.
 
 
 The overclock results in a much more well rounded set of results under the "Performance (P)" prefix, pulling the CPU score up towards the rest of the scores. This of course has a knock on effect on the overall score as well.
 
Crysis Warhead
 
Crysis Warhead is without a doubt one hard nut to crack, especially at higher resolutions and a dash of Anti Aliasing and Anisotrophic Filtering. Given it's level of GPU dependancy, we had our doubts as to how much of a difference our 540MHz overclock will make.
 
 
 
Our doubts were not unfounded as the framerates remained nigh on identical regardless of operating at Stock speeds or Overclocked.
 
Far Cry 2
 
Far Cry 2, a slightly older hit but based on a fairly demanding engine also has a fair level of GPU dependancy at least particularly so at higher resolutions. This particular game features a fabulous benchmarking tool, which loops an intensive Far Cry 2 scene and gatherers minimum, maximum and average framerates accordingly. This allows for a more accurate comparison from one test item to another. As mentioned, we have set all Quality Settings to the highest possible within the tool.
 
 
 Far Cry 2 seems to have a considerable amount to gain from the higher 3.940GHz frequency.
 
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
 
Microsoft Flight Simulator X is part of a handful of games that are heavily CPU reliant, even at resolutions such as 1920x1080. 
 
With this in mind, it comes to no surprise that the performance increases as a result of CPU overclocking are considerable to say the least.
 
Call of Duty 4
 
 Call of Duty 4 is another popular hit however even with all of the eye candy set to full and the image quality raised up high, it doesn't particularly hurt today's latest and greatest. Regardless, let's see how it fares.
 
 
 
The performance gains are there but in the grand scheme of things do not mean a lot given the high frame rates in the first place. This one goes down as somewhat negligible.
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10-11-2009, 19:43:02

tinytomlogan
Mul takes a look at the AMD Phenom II X4 965BE Rev C3 to see if the new CPU is much of an upgrade over its older C2 brother.

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15-11-2009, 06:35:55

Rastalovich
Great stuff.

Thing interesting me is what market is open for these AMD cpus.

I feel they need to provide a 'need' to buy an AMD cpu. Existing AM2/3 owners will see them as attractive, but this market I think is both small and arguably only getting smaller.

If u have even an existing 775 setup, do u switch ? (similar argument to changing to anything - age of components maybe)

If ur older setup craps out, do u go AM2/3 or iX/775 ?

Without being an immediate 'got to get' I think it's too easy to overlook them. I can think of 100s of people who recognize these, and previous AMD models, are damn fine cpus - very respectable, and yet when the crunch comes they still won't go AMD<-Intel.

They need something. I've been a long advocate of them doing something special between their cpus and gpus. Something special that if u have 1 of the group, u can't experience, yet coupled together u get.... something.... They've got both techs in their labs for years now, it's about time they pushed something unique.

15-11-2009, 06:53:35

Mul.
It would be something to see some kind of "synergy" between their CPU's and GPU's though we'll see how something like that could be implemented beyond just hot air from the marketing department.

As it stands, AMD is playing the "bang per buck" game however this has diminished with the arrival of the Core i5 750. The 965BE and i5 750 exchange punches on the gaming front but it's all over when we start factoring in overclocking headroom.

While overclocking yields have improved (as shown) it still has nothing on the Core i5/i7 processors which (heatsink allowing) tends to have little trouble reaching 4.0GHz. AMD are also able to tout good results with their system platform as they already have a strong graphics card and right now, much of today's games seem to have enough GPU dependancy for the CPU to take a back seat (within reason of course).

This competitive bang per buck edge will diminish to some extent over the next year, although their Thuban 6 core CPU will help gain some more sales. Unfortunately for AMD, they will have to let Intel pound ahead in the upper high end until Bulldozer is alive and kicking.
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