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Giant roundup: 168 Intel and AMD processors!
by Marc Prieur
Published on November 3, 2010



Dealing with current news means that we rarely have the opportunity to review old products and of course a comparison between the most recent products and those that came out several years ago can get a little problematic. But we’ve decided to push the boat out and take as exhaustive a look as possible at the Intel and AMD processor offer spanning the last five years.

To be included in the report, processors had to fulfil several criteria, the first being (we had to limit things somewhere) that they’re at least dual core. Secondly, as our most recent test protocol is 64-bit, the processors had to be capable of functioning in this mode, which excluded the old Core Duo using Mobile architecture.


After weeks of benchmarking, we can now give you 2016 results across the 12 applications in our test protocol with no less than 168 processors!
The test
For this test, we used the protocol we brought in for the Core i5 test. As you’ll remember if you’ve had a look at that test, we took advantage of the availability of the final version of Windows 7 to revamp the protocol. The OS first then, we’re now using a 64-bit version of Windows 7, which means that all software available in 64-bit mode is tested in this mode.

We have taken the opportunity to update the software, which means 3ds max is now tested in version 2010, Min GW and WinRAR (3.8 up to 3.9) have been updated, as have After Effects (CS3 up to CS4) and Nuendo (4.2 up to 4.3). The VirtualDub/DiVX combos and AutoMKV/x264 have been replaced by Avidemux/x264 and MainConcept Reference/H.264, while the test files of virtually all the tests have changed or been modified (higher rendering resolution for example).

In terms of games, we've decided to retain Crysis 1.2 and its ultra-heavy CPU test but to retire World In Conflict and replace it with more recent and demanding games: Arma 2, Grand Theft Auto IV and Anno 1404 join the protocol. So as to show up processor differences to a maximum, we set all graphics options to a max to load right up, at the same time as limiting resolution to 800*600 to eliminate any smoothing due to the power of the mono-GPU solution used on the test configuration.

The hardware used with the processors is as follows:

- ASUSTeK P5QC (LGA775)
- Intel DP55KG (LGA1156)
- Intel DX58SO (LGA1366)
- ASUSTeK M4A79-T (AM3)
- ASUSTeK M4A79-T (AM2)
- 2x2 Go DDR3-1333 7-7-7
- 2x2 Go DDR3-1066 7-7-7
- 2x2 Go DDR2-1066 5-5-5
- 2x2 Go DDR2-800 4-4-4
- GeForce GTX 280 + GeForce 190.62
- Raptor 74 Go + Raptor 150 Go
- Creative Audigy
- Windows 7 64 bits

And here's the list of CPUs:

A64 X2 3800 90n 512
A64 X2 4200 90n 512
A64 X2 4600 90n 512
A64 X2 5000 90n 512
A64 X2 5400 90n 512
A64 X2 4000 90n 1024
A64 X2 4400 90n 1024
A64 X2 4800 90n 1024
A64 X2 5200 90n 1024
A64 X2 5600 90n 1024
A64 X2 6000 90n 1024
A64 X2 6400 90n 1024
A64 X2 3600 65n 512
A64 X2 4000 65n 512
A64 X2 4200 65n 512
A64 X2 4400 65n 512
A64 X2 4600 65n 512
A64 X2 4800 65n 512
A64 X2 5000 65n 512
A64 X2 5200 65n 512
A64 X2 5400 65n 512
A64 X2 5600 65n 512
A64 X2 6000 65n 512
Athlon X2 7450
Athlon X2 7550
Athlon X2 7750
Athlon X2 7850
Athlon II X2 215
Athlon II X2 240
Athlon II X2 245
Athlon II X2 250
Athlon II X2 255
Athlon II X2 260
Athlon II X2 265
Athlon II X3 425
Athlon II X3 435
Athlon II X3 440
Athlon II X3 445
Athlon II X3 450
Athlon II X4 620
Athlon II X4 630
Athlon II X4 635
Athlon II X4 640
Athlon II X4 645
Phenom X3 8450
Phenom X3 8650
Phenom X3 8750
Phenom X3 8850
Phenom X4 9550
Phenom X4 9650
Phenom X4 9750
Phenom X4 9850
Phenom X4 9950
Phenom II X2 545
Phenom II X2 550
Phenom II X2 555
Phenom II X2 560
Phenom II X3 710
Phenom II X3 720
Phenom II X4 805
Phenom II X4 810
Phenom II X4 910
Phenom II X4 920
Phenom II X4 940
Phenom II X4 945
Phenom II X4 955
Phenom II X4 965
Phenom II X4 970
Phenom II X6 1055T
Phenom II X6 1075T
Phenom II X6 1090T
Pentium D 805
Pentium D 820
Pentium D 830
Pentium D 840
Pentium EE 840
Pentium D 920
Pentium D 930
Pentium D 940
Pentium D 950
Pentium D 960
Pentium EE 965
Celeron E1200
Celeron E1300
Celeron E1400
Celeron E1500
Celeron E1600
Celeron E3200
Celeron E3300
Celeron E3400
Celeron E3500
Pentium E2140
Pentium E2160
Pentium E2180
Pentium E2200
Pentium E2220
Pentium E5200
Pentium E5300
Pentium E5400
Pentium E5500
Pentium E5700
Pentium E6300
Pentium E6500
Pentium E6600
Pentium E6700
Pentium E6800
Core 2 E4300
Core 2 E4400
Core 2 E4500
Core 2 E4600
Core 2 E4700
Core 2 E6300
Core 2 E6400
Core 2 E6320
Core 2 E6420
Core 2 E6600
Core 2 E6700
Core 2 X6800
Core 2 E6550
Core 2 E6750
Core 2 E6850
Core 2 E7200
Core 2 E7300
Core 2 E7400
Core 2 E7500
Core 2 E7600
Core 2 E8200
Core 2 E8300
Core 2 E8400
Core 2 E8500
Core 2 E8600
Core 2 Q6600
Core 2 Q6700
Core 2 QX6800
Core 2 QX6850
Core 2 Q8200
Core 2 Q8300
Core 2 Q8400
Core 2 Q9300
Core 2 Q9400
Core 2 Q9500
Core 2 Q9450
Core 2 Q9550
Core 2 Q9650
Core 2 QX9770
Pentium G6950
Core i3-530
Core i3-540
Core i3-550
Core i3-560
Core i5-650
Core i5-66x
Core i5-670
Core i5-680
Core i5-750
Core i5-760
Xeon X3450
Core i7-860
Core i7-870
Core i7-880
Core i7-920
Core i7-930
Core i7-940
Core i7-950
Core i7-960
Core i7-975
Core i7-970
Core i7-980X


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