AMD Athlon II X2 255, X3 440, X4 635, Phenom II X2 555, and X4 910e Reviewajmatson - January 24, 2010
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Office 2007 Excel Big Number Crunch: This test takes a 6.2MB Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and performs about 28,000 sets of calculations, which utilizes many of the most commonly used calculations in Excel. The measure of this test is how long it takes to refresh the sheet.
Lower Is Better
POV Ray 3.7: This program features a built in benchmark that renders an image using Ray Tracing. The latest versions offer support for SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) enabling the workload to be spread across the cores for a quicker completion.
Higher Is Better
PCMark Vantage x64 is used to measure complete system performance. We will be running a series of tests to gauge performance of each individual CPU to see which CPU, if any, rises above the others.
For the Excel tests, the older generation was a tad bit faster then the newer processors. However, in POV Ray, the tides turned and the newer processors were a lot better. In PCMark Vantage, the newer processors also performed better.