AMD Phenom X4 9850 Processor Review – B3 Stepping

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The Test System

Before we look at the numbers, here is a brief glance at the test system that was used.

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The Test System

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. All of the modules were run in dual channel mode with a 120mm fan placed on top of them to keep them cool. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB used NVIDIA ForceWare 169.28 video card drivers and the ASUS P5E3 motherboard using BIOS version 1001, which was the most recent available when testing was done. The AMD Phenom test system was done on the MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard with BIOS v1.4 installed along with ATI system driver version 8.452. 

Memory Settings:

  • QX9775 – 800MHz @ 5-5-5-15 (FB-DIMM)
  • QX9770 – 1600MHz @ 7-7-7-20 (DDR3)
  • QX6850 – 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-20 (DDR3)
  • Q6600 – 1066MHz @ 7-7-7-20 (DDR3)
  • E8500 – 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-20 (DDR3)
  • E6750 – 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-20 (DDR3)
  • Phenom 9850 – 800MHz @ 5-5-5-15 (DDR2)
  • Phenom 9600 – 800MHz @ 5-5-5-15 (DDR2)

Here is the Intel X38 Express Test platform:

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

See Above

Motherboard

ASUS P5E3 Deluxe

Memory

4GB Corsair DDR3 1800C7

Video Card

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512

Hard Drive

Western Digital RaptorX 150GB

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

PC Power and Cooling 1KW

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

Here is the Intel Skulltrail Test platform:

Skulltrail Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

2x Intel Core 2 QX9775

Motherboard

Intel D5400XS 

Memory

4GB Micron 800MHz FB-DIMM

Video Card

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512

Hard Drive

Western Digital RaptorX 150GB

Cooling

Zalman AT Fan/Heatsink

Power Supply

PC Power and Cooling 1KW

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

Here is the AMD Phenom Test platform:

AMD Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

AMD Phenom 9600/9850

Motherboard

MSI K9A2 Platinum

Memory

4GB OCZ Flex PC2-6400

Video Card

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512

Hard Drive

Western Digital RaptorX 150GB

Cooling

Zalman AT Fan/Heatsink

Power Supply

PC Power and Cooling 1KW

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

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