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AMD Socket AM3: X2 550 Black

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Review by:

Joe

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Scott

Review date:

July 6th, 2009

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AMD Socket AM3: X2 550 Black Edition Review

Testing Methodology

In order to test the X2 550, we are going to reuse several of our test results from the Phenom II 940 and Phenom II AM3 reviews.  This means for our results, we have the X4 940, X4 955, X3 720, X4 810 from AMD as well as an x3360 and an E8400 for the Intel side.  Since I expect the X2 with the unlocked cores to perform similarly to the X4 955, we will be only testing two cores on the X2. 

CPU: Phenom II X4 955
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P BIOS F3L
GPU: Sapphire 2600XT
RAM: 2x2GB Corsair Dominator XMS3 DHX DDR3-1600, CAS 9
Case: Danger Den WaterBox Plus
Sound: Onboard
Cooling: Swiftech H20-220 Compact
PSU: Corsair 750TX
OS: Vista x64 Ultimate SP1

 

CPU: Intel Xeon x3360
Motherboard: Asus P5Q Deluxe P45
GPU: MSI GTX-280
RAM: 2x2GB Corsair Dominators, DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15
Case: Custom
Sound: X-Fi Platinum
Cooling: Tuniq Tower
PSU: Corsair 750TX
OS: Vista x64 Ultimate SP1

  

CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8400
Motherboard: FoxConn BlackOps X48
GPU: Sappire Radeon 2600XT
RAM: 2x2GB OCZ Reaper DDR3-1333, 8-8-8-27
Case: Custom
Sound: Onboard
Cooling: Stock Intel
PSU: CoolerMaster UCP-700
OS: Vista x64 Ultimate SP1

 

CPU: Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
Motherboard: Asus M3A78-T
GPU: Sapphire 4670
RAM: 2x2GB OCZ Reapers, DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15
Case: Danger Den WaterBox Plus
Sound: Onboard
Cooling: Swiftech H20-220 Compact
PSU: Corsair 750TX
OS: Vista x64 Ultimate SP1

 

CPU: Phenom II X4 810
Motherboard: Sapphire Pure 790GX PC-AM2RS790GX
GPU: Sapphire 4670
RAM: 2x2GB OCZ Reapers, DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15
Case: Danger Den WaterBox Plus
Sound: Onboard
Cooling: Swiftech H20-220 Compact
PSU: Corsair 750TX
OS: Vista x64 Ultimate SP1

 

CPU: Phenom II 940 Black Edition
Motherboard: Asus M3A78-T
GPU: Sapphire 4870X2
RAM: 2x2GB OCZ Reapers, DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15
Case: Danger Den WaterBox Plus
Sound: Onboard
Cooling: Swiftech H20-220 Compact, OCZ Vendetta II
PSU: Corsair 650TX
OS: Vista x64 Ultimate SP1

In the case of the x3360, we clocked it down to 7x333 to run it at 2.33GHz in an attempt to best emulate the closest cost competitor to the X4 810.  The Q8200 has significantly less cache (4MB vs. 12MB)  than the x3360, however, so it is important to realize that the "emulated" testing of the x3360 represents the best possible scenario for the Q8200.

Now, let's get on with the results, shall we? 

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