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AMD Phenom II X4 955 AM3 CPU Review

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The first part of our testing will be the system specific benchmarks.


Let's get started 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.










The AMD Phenom II X4 955 did better than the older generation in the Apophysis and RAR portion of the WinRAR testing, but not as well as the Intel Core i7 920. The Phenom II X4 940 performed at a higher level than the 955 in the ZIP portion of the WinRAR testing. The extra bandwidth from the use of DDR3 memory seems to have helped it along in the tests that took longer to complete.

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