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Phenom II vs Core i7: Overclocking Value Comparison

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Posted September 9, 2009 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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3D Studio Max & Photoshop

3D Studio Max is an entirely multithreaded, real-world test that is often used for animations and architectural modelling and rendering. It is an excellent representation of what workstation users would typically perform on a regular basis. 3DS is a black hole in terms of CPU usage and horsepower, and will suck up every last ounce of CPU resources it can. Here we render a modelled scene and time the results. Lower times are better.

Again in our workstation tasks we see that the hyperthreading of the Core i7 really pushes the performance results, and when overclocked the Phenom II lags behind.

Adobe Photoshop

In Adobe Photoshop CS4, we take a 75MB uncompressed TIF file and apply a couple filters to it, simulating what a user would do in a typical photo-manipulation setup. The lower the result, then the faster the processing time, and the better the performance.

Again the results echo the previous few tests where the Core i7 muscles its way ahead, and when compared clock for clock it is almost twice as fast, a very signficant result.

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