I don't like or dislike AMD or intel. Here is a review done by hardocp, whom I respect very much.
In a nut shell their review of the new AMD Phenom II Black Edition is "Buy a Intel i7"
Agreed, If I didn't read that properly I would have rushed out to buy an i7, But then i saw "640*480" as their testing resolution, thats a terrible way to test, their aiming for real world, yet going ancient world gaming resolutions to booster the AMD/Intel performance.
A bit biased if you ask me
You obviously didn't read it. They test at those resolutions to remove any chance of a GPU bottleneck and put all the stress on the CPU.
That's just sad. Not only can the Phenom II not even remotely keep pace with the new i7's, it still gets crushed pretty handily by Intel's last generation Core2 quads. It's not really breaking news, but it's still sad.
People creating new builds still remain loyal to AMD because...? :confused: Help me out here.
The price of the AMD PII offering is appealing; however, their is truth that both chips can be overclocked a lot, and most people going for these enthusiast offerings are going to overclock.
It would be interesting to see a comparison of a 940 BE stock on a 920 core i7 stock, as they are in the same price range. I haven't googled for a benchmark like that; however, if someone has a link to one, make it available on this thread. The results will certainly be useful for many people considering a PII or I7.
Sgt, read through the review. They do a real-world gaming benchmark as well. at stock clocks and overclocked.
Thing is, the tests were done with the AM2+ versions...perhaps performance will improve on the AM3 socket....
That would be interesting to see.
These numbers are from "Tom's Hardware" so take them for what you will. A lot of people don't seem to like them for some reason.
A Core i7 920 @ 2.66 GHz is about 22% faster than a Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition A older Core2Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz is about 9% slower than the Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Performance Analysis: Core i7 920 and Core 2 Quad 6600 - Review Tom's Hardware : AMD Phenom II X4: 45nm Benchmarked
That's not a very good sign in terms of price to performance.
But, it is still done on AM2+ instead of AM3. Is AM3's only difference over AM2+ the ability to use DDR3? Or is there something else. If it just lets it use DDR3 and doesn't add anything else into the equation, that will not make up for the performance lost.