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AMD ATHLON II X3 455 VS X2 560

"We are testing the Athlon II X3 455 CPU against the Phenom II X2 560 CPU. The Athlon II X3 455 is clocked at 3300Mhz and the Phenom II X2 560 is also clocked at 3300Mhz. We will be using Benchmarks for testing the Athlon II X3 455 and Phenom II X2 560 which are:- Divx, Povray, Sysmark 2007, Windows Media Encoder, Dragon Age Origins and World of Warcraft. AMD Athlon II X3 455 might be Triple Core but AMD Phenom II X2 560 has 6MB Level 3 Cache to help performance."

AMD ATHLON II X3 455


SYSTEM INFORMATION
PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON II X3 455
AMD PHENOM II X2 560
MOTHERBOARD FOXCONN A76ML K3.0
VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 6850
AMD DRIVER CATALYST v11.9 WHQL
MEMORY PATRIOT 4GB PC3 12800 DDR3
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 7

DRAGON AGE ORIGINS

NORMAL QUALITY

AMD ATHLON II X3 45598
AMD PHENOM II X2 56068

AMD ATHLON II X3 455 AMD PHENOM II X2 560

COMMENT - "AMD Athlon II X3 455 is 31% faster than AMD Phenom II X2 560 with Dragon Age Origins using Normal Quality. It seems that the Level 3 Cache doesn't help AMD Phenom II X2 560 much with Dragon Age Origins."


WORLD OF WARCRAFT

NORMAL QUALITY

AMD ATHLON II X3 45568
AMD PHENOM II X2 56076

AMD ATHLON II X3 455 AMD PHENOM II X2 560

COMMENT - "AMD Athlon II X3 455 is 11% slower than AMD Phenom II X2 560 with World of Warcraft using Normal Quality. World of Warcraft favours L3 Cache more than Triple Cores."


FINAL RESULT

COMMENT - "It was a fairly close result between AMD Athlon II X3 455 and AMD Phenom II X2 560 with each winning different benchmarks depending on their individual strengths. For AMD Athlon II X3 455 it's strength is the extra Core over the two found on AMD Phenom II X2 560. For AMD Phenom II X2 560 it's strength advantage is the 6mb Level 3 Cache which as you can see helped especially with the World of Warcraft Game. With games which favour more than 2 Cores then AMD Athlon II X3 455 has the advantage which was seen with Dragon Age Origins. In the future (also in some games which are available now) games will need more than two cores and probably more than 3 but as they say three is better than two. From previous reviews it has been seen that only having three cores doesn't hurt performance with most games when compared to four cores. The power requirement is important to some users and in this regard AMD Athlon II X3 455 has a 16% lower idle and 2% less load power usage compared to AMD Phenom II X2 560. With general use AMD Athlon II X3 455 is 20% faster than AMD Phenom II X2 560 and with gaming AMD Athlon II X3 455 is 31% faster than AMD Phenom II X2 560 thanks to Dragon Age Origins. To judge the winner we are going to use best value for money and AMD Athlon II X3 455 is 18% cheaper than AMD Phenom II X2 560 which makes AMD Athlon II X3 455 the winner."

AMD ATHLON II X3 455 SCORES 10/10!

AMD PHENOM II X2 560 SCORES 8/10!

AMD ATHLON II X3 455 VS X2 560 REVIEW

PAGE 1 - AMD ATHLON II X3 455 AND AMD PHENOM II X2 560
PAGE 2 - DIVX, POVRAY AND POWER REQUIREMENT
PAGE 3 - SYSMARK 2007 AND WINDOWS MEDIA ENCODER
PAGE 4 - DRAGON AGE ORIGINS, WARCRAFT AND FINAL RESULT

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