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AMD 6000+ AM2 X2 Processor

Former staff writer    -   August 20, 2007
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Testing:

I will be using the OverclockersClub benchmarking suite to show what kind of performance the 6000+ delivers. The benchmarking suite we will use includes both system tests, as well as gaming benchmarks. For a comparison , I will be using this processor against other processors by AMD, as well as Intel. All stock clock speeds will be run at default specs to eliminate any variables. All video card settings were left at setup defaults, also to eliminate any variables.

 

Testing Setup:

  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 6000+ X2 AM2
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 5400+ X2 AM2
  • Motherboard: Abit An9
  • CPU overclocked: AMD Athlon 64 6000+ X2 AM2 230x15 @ 3.463 GHz
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-5-4-12
  • Video Card(s): XFX 8800 GTS 320MB/EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 650watt Modular power supply
  • Hard Drive:Seagate 750 GB SATA 3.0 7200 RPM
  • Monitor:BenQ FP222WH
  • O/S: Windows XP Service Pack 2

Comparison System:

  • CPU:  Intel E6700
  • CPU: Intel  E6600
  • Motherboard: IP35 Pro "Snake"
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP9200 400FSB 5-5-4-12
  • Video Card(s): XFX 8800 GTS 320MB/EVGA 8800GTS 640MB (EVGA used in Apopysis, PCMark05 and Specview on Intel platform only)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 650watt Modular power supply
  • Hard Drive:Seagate 750 GB SATA 3.0 7200 RPM
  • Monitor:BenQ FP222WH
  • O/S : Windows XP Service Pack 2

 

The system tests we will be using are listed below:

  • Apophysis 2.2
  • PcMark 05 Professional
  • Sisoft Sandra XI
  • Sciencemark
  • Cinebench 9.5
  • HD Tach 3.1
  • SpecViewperf 9.0
  • WinRAR

We will start with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings:

  • Resolution: 2750x2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512MB

The measurement used is time to render, in minutes, to complete.

 

Lower is Better

 

WinRAR is a tool to archive and compress large files to a manageable size. We will use 10MB, 100MB and 500MB files and test the time needed to compress these files. Time will be measured in seconds.

 

 

 

 

I chose to compare the AMD 6000+ to two of Intels most popular CPU’s: the Core 2 Duo E6600 and E6700 since their performance levels are quite similar and their prices at the time of testing were the most comparable.

At stock speeds the AMD 6000+ kept up well, while the 5400+ was the weakest in rendering the OCC Flame. This can be due to the differences in onboard cache. Where the Intels have 4 MB shared onboard cache the AMDs have 2MB and 1MB. Both AMD chips are the clear winners in the WinRar file compression category.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing (Apopysis & Winrar)
  5. Testing (Specview)
  6. Testing (PCMark05 Professional)
  7. Testing (SiSoft Sandra Professional)
  8. Testing (Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune)
  9. Testing (Far Cry)
  10. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  11. Testing (Quake 4)
  12. Testing (Call of Duty II)
  13. Testing (Microsoft Flight Simulator X)
  14. Testing (NFS Most Wanted)
  15. Testing (3D Mark 06 Professional)
  16. Testing (RyderMark)
  17. Extras
  18. Overclocking
  19. Conclusion
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