AMD Phenom X4 9850BE

AMD 9850BE Test Results

Testing:
AMD X4 9860BE 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 Multi Core:
AMD Phenom X4 9850BE Review

This graph shows that there is quite a bit of difference on the multi core handling between the processors, the truth is though that this is at a small block size. The picture below will show you that in the end with bigger block sizes all the processors in the test perform similar. Intel handles it different at smaller block sizes but in the end the performance is similar though.

AMD Phenom X4 9850BE Review
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We can clearly see that the i7 will perform very well but it also drops down quite a bit when the blocks get bigger.

SuperPi:
AMD Phenom X4 9850BE Review
Clearly there is a difference even on my old quad core that cost me 800$USD and this new 200$ Phenom CPU. The difference is there in speed when it comes to benchmarks but in games you won’t notice to much of a difference, that’s what makes it so hard when you want to review parts like these.

Overclocking:
AMD Phenom X4 9850BE Review
As we can see we were able to push the processor quite a bit further than stock speeds. We had it running at 250*12,5 which equals to 3125MHz so that is a 625MHz raise in speed. It dropped us down almost two hole minutes in SuperPi time. I am sure that with a better memory kit we could have gone even further.

Conclusion:
Now there is a performance difference on the processors that I have used in the test. The old QX6700 cost around 800$USD new while the X4 9850 can be found for as low as 170$ USD so in the end there is quite a big of price difference. The i7 processors are still expensive and the Phenom performs better than the core2duo processors on the market. I guess you could say that if you have the money go for an Intel i7 processor or similar, if you are low on money then the AMD is your choice, you still get good performance in the end. The graphs have shown that there is a difference but it’s not that big in normal computer usage and with that I mean gaming and surfing the net.

The cheapest i7 processor sells for around 350$ and the Phenom sells for 170$ so is the 10% performance difference worth it? I my eyes no, since the Phenom overclocks quite well and it will give you a free boost to the performance charts. Overall though this Phenom will not compete with the new processors on the market but it is a good choice if you are in the market for a Core2Duo or older Intel Quad core processor. With the economic crisis in the world right now I think that AMD will start selling better as their prices are for now lower.

Pros:
+ Cheap
+ Decent performance
+ Quad core

Cons:
– Slower than Intel

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