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PCMark05 is a synthetic benchmark suite with aggregates the results of 11 different
system tests including web page rendering, file decryption, video and audio
editing, and 3D usage.
The i5-661 surprisingly well in PCMark05 despite being only a dual core processor
its high clock speed definitely makes up for it. The X4 810 comes in
last which is a bit of anomaly, though individual runs of PCMark can vary by
as much as 200 points in our experience.
Our Photoshop test is a variation of Driver Heaven's Photoshop Benchmark V3
using a smaller test image. A variety of filters are applied to the image and
the times elapsed are added up.
The more expensive X4 955/965 and Core i5s dominate this test, with the rest
of the field a step behind.
Our NOD32 test is a simple anti-virus scan of a folder with dozens of files
including archives. It's one of the most common tasks performed on a PC.
The X4 610e completes this test with very low power consumption, but its lack
of cache and low clock speed makes its inferiority fairly noticeable, coming
in well behind the X4 810 and the rest of the pack.
Our WinRAR test consists of archiving a RAR file with a large group of files
of varying size.
WinRAR is a program that loves cache, so the Phenom II X4 910e and X4 810 jump
ahead of the Athlon IIs with higher clock speeds.
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