First look at the Phenom 2 940
Today we are taking a look at AMD´s latest processor, the Phenom 2 940 Quad core Cpu. How will this unit perform vs the high performing Intel processors on the market and how will it perform vs the older Phenom? Let´s take a look.
Over the course of AMD’s three decades in business, silicon and software have become the steel and plastic of the worldwide digital economy. Technology companies have become global pacesetters, making technical advances at a prodigious rate — always driving the industry to deliver more and more, faster and faster.
However, “technology for technology’s sake” is not the way we do business at AMD. Our history is marked by a commitment to innovation that’s truly useful for customers — putting the real needs of people ahead of technical one-upmanship. AMD founder Jerry Sanders has always maintained that “customers should come first, at every stage of a company’s activities.” Our current CEO, Hector de Jesus Ruiz, continues to carry the torch, saying, “Customer-centric innovation is the pre-eminent value at AMD. It is our reason for being and our strategy for success.”
Processor Speed + Class
Processor Class: AMD Phenom X4
Processor Speed: 3 GHz
Bus Speed: 3600 MHz
Physical + Memory Specifications
Processor Socket: AMD Socket AM2+
Number of Processor Cores: 4
L1 Cache Size: 512 kB
L2 Cache Size: 2 MB
L3 Cache Size: 6 MB
Not much to say about the processor, it looks like all the others so lets get on to the testing part of the review.
AMD X4 9850BE CPU
Foxconn A70A-S Motherboard
Asus 8800GT Videocard
Mushkin Redline DDR2 kit
WD Caviar SATA HDD
We used the following software to test the processor with, Sisoft Sandra 2009, Pcmark Vantage and SuperPi. Overclocking was done with AMD Overclocking Utility and also the bios.
Sisoft Sandra 2009, Cpu Arithmetic:
I decided to include AMD´s 9850BE processor and Intel´s Core i7 965 Extreme processor to compare vs. I know the Intel processor is a bit more hardcore but it still works as a great processor to compare against when it comes to performance and cost.
In this test we can see that the new Phenom 2 beats the older Quad core processor from AMD with quite a bit of points. Lets go on to the Multimedia test in Sisoft Sandra.