AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Review

ajmatson - 2010-12-03 14:36:44 in CPU's
Category: CPU's
Reviewed by: ajmatson   
Reviewed on: December 6, 2010
Price: $265.00

Introduction:

One thing I love in the CPU world is when a manufacturer makes improvements to currently existing chips, resulting in speed bumps. This is good for two reasons; one, it keeps prices competitive between manufacturers and drives down prices of previously top end hardware, and two, it gives us a new faster toy to play with. AMD is one of the companies that always brings us the latest and greatest with its tweaks, which allow us to have a wide range of processors to pick from no matter what category you decide on.

The AMD Hexa Core series has not been out for that long and there is already a growing list of processors to choose from. Now AMD has done some more tweaking and produced the latest and fastest processor in the six-core line up, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T. The 1100T is clocked at 3.3GHz stock with a Turbo Core speed of 3.7GHz. Other than the speed increases, the 1100T is just like its younger brother, the 1090T — it carries the same physical specs, such as the 6MB L3 cache, Socket AM3 support, and even the ability to be paired with a motherboard using DDR2 or DDR3 memory. If you are as stoked as I am to see what this baby has to offer, then let's dive right in and get started.

 

Closer Look:

As with the majority of the AMD processors we have tested here at OCC, they arrive in an OEM state, which is just a bare CPU. The 1100T came is a nice protective casing to keep it safe when being shipped. Retail processors you purchase from a store will have a stock heat sink included in the box. The model number for the AMD Phenom II X4 1100T is HDE00ZFBK6DGR. This is a hexa-core processor running at 3.3GHz stock with a Turbo Core speed of 3.7GHz. The 1100T is also a Black Edition processor, which means the CPU multiplier is unlocked, making it easier to overclock, especially in systems that have trouble raising the reference clock speed that affects other components. Like other Phenom II X6 processors, this one has a shared 6MB L3 cache and 512KB L2 cache per core totaling 3MB L2 and still supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, depending on the platform it is installed into. The 1100T is manufactured using a 45nm process and has a maximum TDP of 125 watts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we have the CPU all ready to go and setup, let's pop it in and fire the system up.

Specifications:

Model Number:
Phenom II X6 1100T
Clock Frequency:
3.3GHz
Boost Frequency:
3.7GHz
Max TDP:
125 watts
Cache Size:
L1 Cache 64K (each for Instruction + Data)
L2 Cache: 512KB per core (3MB Total)
L3 Cache: 6MB Shared L3
Process Technology:
45-nanometer SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology
HyperTransport Technology Links:
One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)
Memory:
Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller with speeds: Up to 2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management
Types of Memory:
support unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)
Die Size:
45nm = 346mm2
Packaging:
Socket AM3 - 938-pin organic micro Pin Grid Array (micro-PGA) (Backwards compatable with AM2+ 940-pin)

 

Features:

 

All information courtsey of Advanced Micro Devices.

Testing:

Here at OverclockersClub we put our hardware through a rigorous testing program. We use a combination of scientific and video benchmarks designed to push and stress the components, giving us a good idea on how they will perform for us in everyday computing. I placed the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T up against a slew of other AMD and Intel processors so you get a good idea on where it stands among the other choices out there. All the supporting hardware is run at the same speeds, timings, voltages and latencies to ensure that there are no outside variables that will interfere with the scores.
 

 

Testing Setup: AMD AM3

 

Testing Setup: Intel Core i5/i7 Socket 1156

 

Testing Setup: Intel Core i7 Socket 1366

 

Testing Setup: Intel Core i5 Clarksdale Socket 1156

 

Comparison CPUs:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

As with the majority of AMD Black Edition processors, overclocking is best done by tinkering with the CPU multiplier first, then slowly tweaking the reference clock to squeeze every bit of performance out of it that you can. For the 1100T, I started with pushing the CPU multiplier up one multi at a time until I was no longer able to boot and remain stable through benchmarks. Once I reached the limit, I then did the same with the reference clock. Once I lost stability, I then backed off a bit until I was completly free of any instabilities. For the 1100T, I hit the same wall I did with the previous Phenom II X6 1090T. The maximum I was able to get with the CPU multiplier was 20x and the reference clock peaked out at 206MHz. This gave me a total clock speed of 4.134GHz, which is not bad for a six-core on an air cooler.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each CPU has been tested for stability at the clock speeds listed when in an overclocked state. These clock speeds will represent the overclocked scores in the testing.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  4. POV Ray 3.7
  5. Bibble 5
  6. Sandra XII
  7. ScienceMark 2.02
  8. Cinebench 10 & 11.5
  9. HD Tune 3.50
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark Vantage

Testing:

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:

 

 

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 100MB and 500MB files to test the time needed to compress these files. Time will be measured in seconds. Additionally, I will use the built-in benchmark as a comparison.

 

ZIP:

 

 

Lower is Better

 

RAR:

 

 

Lower is Better

 

Bibble 5:

 

 

In Apophysis, the 1100T had a bit of an advantage over the other AMD six-cores, but in WinRAR, it was just about even.

Testing:

Office 2007 Excel Big Number Crunch: This test takes a 6.2MB Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and performs about 28,000 sets of calculations, consisting of 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

 

Geekbench 2.1 provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.

 

 

For the Excel, POV Ray and Geekbench tests, the higher clock speed and power put the 1100T at the front of the AMD six-core processors.

Testing:

SiSoft Sandra is a diagnostic utility and synthetic benchmarking program. Sandra allows you to view your hardware at a higher level to be more helpful. For this benchmark, I will be running a broad spectrum of tests to gauge the performance of key functions of the CPUs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Processor Arithmetic

 

 

 

Multi-Core Efficiency

   

   

 

Memory Bandwidth

 

 

 

Memory Latency

 

 

Cache and Memory

 

 

Power Management Efficiency

 

 

During the Sandra benchmarks, the 1100T and 1090T were very close with the 1100T having a bit of a jump in some of the more CPU-only tests.

Testing:

ScienceMark tests real world performance instead of using synthetic benchmarks. For this test, we ran the benchmark suite and will use the overall score for comparison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

Higher is Better

 

CineBench 11.5 is the latest iteration of this popular benchmark that features a new look to the interface. This test now has a simple GPU and CPU test built in.

 

Higher is Better

 

HD Tune measures disk performance to make comparisons between drives or disk controllers.

 

 

Higher is Better

 

 

 

Lower is Better

 

Once again, the higher clock speed gives the 1100T an advantage in Sciencemark and Cinebench compared to the other AMD six-core processors. With HD Tune, the tests were about the same across the board.

Testing:

Far Cry 2:

Featuring a new game engine named Dunia, this game looks to be another one to stress your video card. Built specially for Far Cry 2, this engine allows for real-time effects and damage. This next generation first-person shooter comes to us from Ubisoft, surprisingly - not from Crytek. The game is set in a war-torn region of Africa where there is a non-existent central government and the chaos that surrounds this type of social environment. If you have seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know the setting. Ubisoft puts the main storyline of the game into focus with these statements: "Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfill your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force." In this Far Cry game, you don't have the beautiful water, but instead the beauty and harshness of the African continent to contend with. Most games give you a set area that can be played through, while Ubisoft has given the gamer the equivalent of 50km2 of the vast African continent to explore while in pursuit of your goals.

 

Settings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1100T was a few frames quicker than the other AMD chips.

Testing:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the latest iteration of the venerable first-person shooter series, Call of Duty. Despite its long, successful pedigree, the game is not without substantial criticism and controversy, especially on the PC. Aside from the extremely short campaign and lack of innovation, the PC version's reception was also marred by its lack of support for user-run dedicated servers, which means no user-created maps, no mods, and no customized game modes. You're also limited to 18-player matches instead of the 64-player matches that were possible in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Despite all this, the game has been well received and the in-house IW 4.0 engine renders the maps in gorgeous detail, making it a perfect candidate for OCC benchmarking. You start off the single player missions playing as Private Allen and jump right into a serious firefight. This is the point where testing will begin. Testing will be done using actual game play with FPS measured by Fraps.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, the 1100T had a bit of an edge, especially at the lower resolutions.

Testing:

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a new game that brings together two bitter rivals, the Joker and Batman. The Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum, Gotham's home for the criminally insane. Your task is to rein the Joker back in and restore order. This game makes use of PhysX technology to create a rich environment for you to become the Dark Knight.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The increased clock speed pulls ahead again in the lower resolutions.

Testing:

Featuring all-new game tests, this benchmark is for use with Vista-based systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. "Entry" is 1024x768 progressing to "Extreme" at 1920x1200. Of course, each preset can be modified to arrange any number of user designed testing.

 Settings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise, surprise — the higher speeds of the 1100T put it at the top of the AMD processors.

Conclusion:

Once again, AMD has pumped out a solid six-core processor for under $300 brand new. This pricing design makes every day gamers and users able to afford the best computing power for their money. The AMD Phenom II X6 1100T brings us the next top of the line processor in the hexa-core line, which will give you the richest computing experience you can afford. While not as powerful as their Intel counterparts, the 1100T is still a top of the line offering with a bottom line price. The Turbo Core technology allows you to run the cores faster while saving power and resources. Since it is an AMD CPU, you get HyperTransport 3.0, shared 6MB L3 cache, and the ability to use it on different platforms with either DDR2 or DDR3 memory support.

While this is not a CPU you would worry about tossing your AMD Phenom II X6 1090T out for, if you are wanting to take a leap into a six-core computing environment, you will get the power you have been wanting for under $300. I would highly recommend the AMD Phenom II X6 series and, more specifically, the new 1100T model, for anything you can throw at it

 

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