x264 HD Video Encoding Performance

Graysky's x264 HD test uses x264 to encode a 4Mbps 720p MPEG-2 source. The focus here is on quality rather than speed, thus the benchmark uses a 2-pass encode and reports the average frame rate in each pass.

x264 HD Encode Test - 1st Pass - x264 0.59.819

x264 HD Encode Test - 2nd Pass - x264 0.59.819

Video encoding performance is a definite strength of the Phenom II X6. You get comparable performance to the more expensive Core i7 860. And without Hyper Threading, the Core i5s are unable to distance themselves from the Phenom II X4 970.

Again the Athlon II X4 645 and X3 450 dominate their respective competitors.

PAR2 Multithreaded Archive Recovery Performance

Par2 is an application used for reconstructing downloaded archives. It can generate parity data from a given archive and later use it to recover the archive

Chuchusoft took the source code of par2cmdline 0.4 and parallelized it using Intel’s Threading Building Blocks 2.1. The result is a version of par2cmdline that can spawn multiple threads to repair par2 archives. For this test we took a 708MB archive, corrupted nearly 60MB of it, and used the multithreaded par2cmdline to recover it. The scores reported are the repair and recover time in seconds.

Par2 - Multithreaded Par2cmdline 0.4

The direct comparisons we've been pointing out this entire match continue to hold as we look at different applications. The Phenom II X6 1075T performs as it should, while the Phenom II X4 970 falls short of the i5 750. The triple and quad-core Athlon IIs couldn't be better.

7-Zip Benchmark Performance

Included in 7-zip is a pure algorithm test that completely removes IO from the equation. This test scales with core count and as a result we get a good theoretical picture of how these chips perform. Note that the actual 7-zip compression/decompression process is limited to 2 threads so there's no real world advantage to having more cores.

7-Zip Benchmark

3D Rendering Performance Audio & Gaming Performance
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  • KikassAssassin - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    On page 1: "The Core i3 540 is priced similarly but you only get two cores, and no Hyper Threading to bridge the gap."

    The Core i3 does have HyperThreading. The only Clarkdale CPU without HyperThreading is the Pentium G6950.
  • quiksilvr - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    One issue I'm having is the weird color scheme in your graphs. Just make all AMDs green and all Intel's blue. Stop mixing and matching randomly. It makes the colors useless and misleading.
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    I only highlighted the new chips we were focusing on. I debated doing it the other way (AMD green, Intel blue) but figured the focus should be on the new chips. I can understand the confusion though. I've updated the graphs to reflect green for AMD and blue for Intel, if everyone is ok with it I'll keep it :)

    Take care,
  • quiksilvr - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    Much appreciated! A suggestion could be this to differentiate between old and new:

    Light Blue for New Intels

    Dark and less saturated Blue for Old Intels

    Light Green for New AMDs

    Dark and less saturated Green for Old AMDs
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    This sounds good to me - just don't make the contrast too different that we have to look at 4 different colors. The greens should be close enough in spectrum that they can be distinguished but close to the same hue (same for the blue).

    That way looking at a glance your brain can quickly compare overall AMD vs Intel, but then giving it more consideration you can tell what's new/old.
  • KikassAssassin - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    This sounds like the best option to me.
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    I've updated the graphs to use the dark/light colors, though I'm not sure how "new" some of the Intel parts are. Anyway, at least there's a bit of separation to make things "visible".
  • quiksilvr - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    You guys are awesome! You're like, one of the busiest gadget sites on the web yet you took the time to read my suggestion and actually implement it!

    High five!

    (turns off Adblock for Anandtech.com)
  • vol7ron - Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - link

    i think the light green is a little too light, but much better
  • foundchild1 - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - link

    Have you guys ever thought about placing the prices of the chips in the benchmark tables for easy price reference? Perhaps just to the right of the benchmarks?

    Just a suggestion!

    Thanks for this update as well, AMD is starting to regain my interest.

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